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Susan Slept Here (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 21 October 1954 (Portugal)
On Christmas Eve, a struggling Hollywood scriptwriter receives a very unexpected present: juvenile delinquent Susan Landis.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Alex Gottlieb (screenplay), Steve Fisher (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Mark Christopher
Debbie Reynolds ... Susan Beaurgard Landis
Anne Francis ... Isabella Alexander
Glenda Farrell ... Maude Snodgrass
Alvy Moore ... Virgil, Mark's Gofer
Horace McMahon ... Sergeant Monty Maizel
Herb Vigran ... Sergeant Sam Hanlon
Les Tremayne ... Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer
Mara Lane ... Marilyn, Mark's Neighbor
Rita Johnson ... Dr. Rawley, Harvey's Shrink
Maidie Norman ... Georgette, Mark's Maid
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Storyline

Mark Christopher is a 35-year old, award-winning comedy scriptwriter who is struggling to be taken seriously as a drama writer. On Christmas Eve, two police officers bring 17-year old Susan (picked up for vagrancy and brawling) to Mark's apartment. If she spends a few days with him, Mark could use Susan as inspiration to write a script about juvenile-delinquents and Susan could avoid spending Christmas behind bars. Written by L. Hamre

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Who's been sleeping in my bed? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1954 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Las tres noches de Susana See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to being Dick Powell's final film, this was also the only colour film in which he appeared. See more »

Goofs

There are dozens of Christmas presents under Mark's tree and he brings home another dozen or so at the start of the movie, yet over the entire Christmas holiday, only two people are actually given a present, and there are only three other people--his gopher Virgil, housekeeper Georgette and his lawyer Harvey Butterworth--who might conceivably receive one. See more »

Quotes

Mark Christopher: How would you like your daughter to spend the next six months in jail with hardened criminals?
Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer: Hmm, might do her good.
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Connections

References The Outlaw (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Susan Slept Here
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Lawrence
Sung over the opening credits by a chorus
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Glamorizing a Touchy Premise
31 December 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

I confess to a soft spot for this candy-box confection. Ordinarily 10 minutes of Debbie- Reynolds-spunk is enough to last me for 2 hours. But I've got to admit she brings genuine verve and sparkle to the role. Never mind that Dick Powell is closer to 50 than the movie- claimed 35, and at least twice as old as the juvenile Reynolds. Fortunately their clinches are kept to a minimum, even as the under-age innuendo is exploited to the hilt for titillated 1950's audiences. If the plot skirts the bounds of good taste, director Tashlin keeps things from straying with a speeded-up pace that allows little pause for contemplation. I would love to have been in on the meetings where studio exec's kicked this premise around for the censors.

Anyway, Powell is appropriately dour as the sober-sided screenwriter, while Glenda Farrell gets the kind of caustic role that would later suit Thelma Ritter to the proverbial T. And, of course, there's Alvy Moore looking like a college freshman and getting all the clever wisecracks, even if in real life he was a veteran of the bloody WWII battle for Iwo Jima! Too bad Anne Francis doesn't get more screen time as "the other woman". But then she does show why she deserved that drop-dead sexy outfit she wore in Forbidden Planet (1956). Cult director Tashlin manages a few of trademark effects from his cartoonist past--- note Reynolds cooling off her libido with a swinging freezer door, and, of course, the fantasy sequences that fit in perfectly.

All in all, I think RKO got away with one-- had the movie been handled less deftly, someone might have landed in 1954's county clink.


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