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Susan Slept Here (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 21 October 1954 (Portugal)
Comedy about a struggling Hollywood scriptwriter who, one Christmas Eve, receives a very unexpected present - juvenile delinquent Debbie Reynolds.

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Mark Christopher
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Susan Beaurgard Landis
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Isabella Alexander
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Maude Snodgrass
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Virgil, Mark's Gofer
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Sergeant Monty Maizel
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Sergeant Sam Hanlon
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Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer
Mara Lane ...
Marilyn, Mark's Neighbor
Rita Johnson ...
Dr. Rawley, Harvey's Shrink
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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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She slept in his bed...wore his pajamas - THEN SHE REALLY TOOK OVER!

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21 October 1954 (Portugal)  »

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Eine Nacht mit Susanne  »

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Trivia

The Chicago censor board designated the film as "adults only." Harriet Parsons protested the board's action, pointing out that no other censors had objected to the film's content. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer: Just a simple little annulment, Susan. And since you and Mark aren't really married...
Susan Beaurgard Landis: But we are married. We drove to Las Vegas and came back with a wedding license.
Virgil, Mark's Gofer: You're lucky. Usually people don't come back with anything.
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References Stella Dallas (1937) See more »

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Hold My Hand
Music by Richard Myers
Lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Sung by Don Cornell
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The major and the minor
15 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

What would a confirmed bachelor, of a certain age, do with the unexpected arrival of a lively 17 years old girl into his life? Reason would indicate to run away from the situation! But have no fear, in the theater, as well as in the movies, these two unmatched people get to grow fond of one another and eventually they get married. That seems to be the premise of "Susan Slept Here", a movie that proves irresistible because of the two leading stars.

Under the direction of Frank Tashlin, this movie, although reflecting a naivete not in synch with the present times, is good fun to watch. The film is done with an impeccable good taste and there is never anything tawdry, or out of place with what one is watching.

Dick Powell was at his best when he took the part of Mark Christopher a thirty-something man in the plot, but looking older than that. Debbie Reynolds, as Susan Landis, brought her winning personality and charm to this rebel girl that begins a total transformation as she discovers she is attracted to Mark.

The supporting cast is also up to task under Mr. Tashlin's guidance. Anne Francis is seen as Isabella, Mark's present love interest. Glenda Farrell, Horace McMahon, Herb Vigran and Alvy Moore, among others make this delightful film into a winner.

Mr. Tashlin includes a dance sequence that plays as a dream in which Mr. Powell, Ms. Francis and Ms. Reynolds are seen as the players. The film is festive and it will delight any viewer looking for an easy time at the movies.


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