This stylish noir (produced by Mary Pickford) opens strikingly as Claudette Colbert awakes in fright and freaks out aboard a moving train she can’t remember boarding. What unfolds is a taut, Gaslight-style thriller, as the Manhattan-dwelling Colbert’s two-timing husband (Don Ameche) systematically shatters her sanity. Throughout, Sirk showcases his flair for baroque compositions, making the most of mirrors, staircases, and shadows to create a sinister atmosphere of disorientation. The colorful supporting cast includes George Coulouris as a nightmare-inducing psychiatrist and a wonderfully vampy Hazel Brooks as a hard-boiled femme fatale. 35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

  • Directed By Douglas Sirk
  • 1948
  • USA
  • 35mm
  • 97 minutes