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The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 8 October 1954 (USA)
After a convict breaks in a psychotherapist's home, he agrees to rehabilitation rather than arrest but the therapist's wife becomes infatuated with him.

Director:

Joseph Losey (as Victor Hanbury)

Writers:

Maurice Moiseiwitsch (novel), Harold Buchman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dirk Bogarde ... Frank Clemmons
Alexis Smith ... Glenda Esmond
Alexander Knox ... Dr. Clive Esmond
Hugh Griffith ... The Inspector
Patricia McCarron Patricia McCarron ... Sally Foster
Maxine Audley ... Carol
Glyn Houston ... Bailey
Harry Towb ... Harry, second criminal
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Manager of Pearce & Mann
Billie Whitelaw ... Receptionist at Pearce & Mann
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
Esma Cannon ... Scrubwoman with ladder
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Storyline

Psychotherapist Dr. Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox) attempts to rehabilitate convict Frank Clemmens (Sir Dirk Bogarde) in his house after Frank tries to hold him up. The criminal cooperates rather than being handed over to the Police. The therapist's wife Glenda (Alexis Smith) becomes infatuated with the man in the hopes he will take her away.

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Hidden deep within every woman is a Sleeping Tiger ... when aroused it can turn a saint into a sinner ! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bête s'éveille See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of five films in which Sir Dirk Bogarde was directed by Joseph Losey. See more »

Goofs

Angry that Frank has left her Glenda wearing a black dress runs from the house, jumps in her car and drives off. Spotting Frank (Dirk Bogarde) walking along the road she stops and picks him up but she's now wearing a coat. See more »

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Dr. Clive Esmond: What do you think of him, Glenda? Is he worth saving?
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Who's Your Daddy?
27 April 2007 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It's just a bit too much. The good doctor is attacked at gunpoint. He disarms the bad guy, then brings him home to dinner, where his high strung wife spars with the guy. Of course, the two eventually begin a movie long tryst. Dirk Bogarde is a bad boy who is a bundle of anger. He usually gets what he wants but carries more baggage than a porter at an airport. Alexis Smith is the femme fatale. She is older and bored with her psychologist husband, who is determined to resurrect the lad. He is willing to allow this man to do whatever he wants: bringing women to the house, bossing around the help, robbing jewelry stores and businesses. He is pursued by a cop who is on to him but has respect for the doctor and backs off on an arrest. It's hard to believe that this man should give a rip about Bogarde, but somehow he's willing to withdraw. The weakest part of the movie is when it all falls into place. It's so pat. A contemporary film would have built the house a card at a time; this happens in milliseconds. Then we have the denouement which I will not spoil. Let me just say it was a disappointment. The movie is visually sharp and the acting is pretty good. I never really like Alexis Smith much and she is a little grating here. Still, it's a decent performance and the subject is a little ahead of its time.


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