Nothin’ Beats a Noir Dame: Hazel Brooks in “Sleep, My Love”

Blowhard, Esq. writes:


Considered a failure by director Douglas Sirk, SLEEP, MY LOVE is a decent enough noir for fans of the genre. The film concerns a brittle New York blueblood, played by Claudette Colbert, who is being gaslighted by her husband, played by Don Ameche. Although based on a novel, the script is half-baked — there are superfluous characters (Keye Luke and his newlywed wife, for example), scenes that go on too long, and convenient coincidences. On the other hand, the daffy plot becomes part of the fun, especially given that it uses drugs, hypnosis, and WASP fear of psychiatry to push things along. Don Ameche still has the alpha bad boy charm that Lubitsch used a few years prior in HEAVEN CAN WAIT.

But the highlight for me was Hazel Brooks as the femme fatale who ensnares Ameche. She isn’t given much to do other than scheme and sashay about in tantalizing outfits, but hey, who am I to complain? When Alberto Vargas created his glamour girl he used Brooks’ legs as a model.

Bizarro trivia: Brooks was married to legendary production designer Cedric Gibbons, designer of the Oscar statute. Gibbons’ nephew is Billy Gibbons, lead singer and guitarist for ZZ Top. (Btw, Brooks liked old dudes. She was 19 when she married the 51-year-old Gibbons. They remained married until Gibbons’ death at age 67, after which the 40-year-old Brooks got hitched with a 58-year-old Beverly Hills surgeon.)

SLEEP, MY LOVE can be streamed for free to all Amazon Prime subscribers or on YouTube.

About Blowhard, Esq.

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3 Responses to Nothin’ Beats a Noir Dame: Hazel Brooks in “Sleep, My Love”

  1. peterike2 says:

    Thanks for this. I was looking for something easy to watch tonight and not too long. This fit the bill perfectly. Not a great film by any means, but enjoyable. Hazel Brooks is a piece of work! I love the way her jaw seemed so tightly wired when she talked. And her look was incredibly modern. She could appear in a film today and you wouldn’t think for a second she was out of place.

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