Sleepless on Screen

Having trouble dropping off? Check out these entertaining nods to sleep--and the lack thereof

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Sleepless in Seattle

The ultimate red-eye rom com.

 

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Steve Martin and John Candy make hilariously strange bedfellows.

 

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It's a Gift

W.C. Fields's attempts to sleep are bedeviled by, among other things, an obnoxious insurance salesman, a runaway coconut and nemesis Baby LeRoy.

 

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It Happened One Night

Clark Gable shocked audiences with his bare, undershirt-free chest as he undressed for bed in this pre-Code classic, which also features the tearing down of a "wall of Jericho" between the beds of Gable and costar Claudette Colbert.

 

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Sleeper

OK, so technically he's frozen, not asleep. But chaos ensues when Woody Allen "wakes up" 200 years later. Alas, he never runs into Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley as she hypersleeps through time and space in the Alien series.

 

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Insomnia

Think you're having a tough night? Check out the travails of tortured police detective Al Pacino in this 2002 thriller. (Based on the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name.)

 

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Newhart

In a move that out-Dallased Dallas, this 1980s show about a Vermont innkeeper ended its run in 1990 by--spoiler alert!--having star Bob Newhart sit up in bed on the set of his earlier series (The Bob Newhart Show) next to his 1970s TV wife (Suzanne Pleshette) and announce, "Honey, wake up, you won't believe the dream I just had."

 

Nighty night!

 

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First Published Sun, 2013-04-07 06:16

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