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The Sleeping Tiger Details


The direction of The Sleeping Tiger was credited to Victor Hanbury, but this was actually a pseudonym for the blacklisted Joseph Losey, whose first British film this was. Alexander Knox stars as psychiatrist Clive Esmond, who believes that he can stem the criminal tendencies of young fugitive from justice Frank Clements (Dirk Bogarde). To this end, Esmond hides Clements in his own home. At first hostile towards the handsome crook, Esmond's wife Glenda (Alexis Smith) gradually warms up to her house guest, and before long she and Clements are casting lustful glances at one another. She intends to run off with Clements and make a new life for herself, when suddenly he decides that he actually wants to reform. If nothing else, The Sleeping Tiger is a fascinating precursor to the sexual tensions prevalent in Losey's later Harold Pinter adaptations. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 5, 1954


Dirk Bogarde
as Frank Clements
Alexander Knox
as Dr. Clive Esmond
Hugh Griffith
as Inspector Simmons
Patricia McCarron
as Sally
Maxine Audley
as Carol
Glyn Houston
as Bailey
Harry Towb
as Harry
Russell Waters
as Businessman
Billie Whitelaw
as Secretary
Esma Cannon
as Window Cleaner
Fred Griffiths
as Taxi Driver
Alexis Smith
as Glenda Esmond
Fred Griffiths
as Taxi Driver
Esma Cannon
as Window Cleaner


Joseph Losey
Joseph Losey
Harold Buchman
Carl Foreman
Derek Frye
Harry Waxman
Muir Mathieson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Malcolm Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
Denis Johnson
First Assistant Director
Dudley Lovell
Camera Operator
James Bawden
Camera Operator
Ted Holliday
Production Manager