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Susan Slept Here (1954)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Mark Christopher
Susan Beaurgard Landis
Isabella Alexander
Glenda Farrell ...
Maude Snodgrass
Virgil, Mark's Gofer
Sergeant Monty Maizel
Herb Vigran ...
Sergeant Sam Hanlon
Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer
Mara Lane ...
Marilyn, Mark's Neighbor
Rita Johnson ...
Dr. Rawley, Harvey's Shrink
Georgette, Mark's Maid


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!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

21 October 1954 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Eine Nacht mit Susanne  »

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(RCA Sound System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This picture marked the last of Dick Powell's 58 feature-film appearances (plus one voice over) between 1932 and 1954. A recording artist since 1927, Dick's final two commercial sides on a Bell single were tunes from the movie score: the title song (music and lyrics by Jack Lawrence) and the Oscar-nominated "Hold My Hand" (music and lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Richard Myers). Neither ditty was sung by Mr. Powell in the film. However, he danced a bit in a pantomime segment dreamed by Debbie Reynolds. See more »


Mark Christopher: Now every law has a loop-hole. What can we do, Harvey? She's a nice kid.
Virgil, Mark's Gofer: You and Isabella can adopt her, if you don't tell Isabella.
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References Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) See more »


Hold My Hand
Music by Richard Myers
Lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Sung by Don Cornell
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This is a cozy movie to watch anytime.
31 July 2001 | by (michigan) – See all my reviews

I love the apartment in this movie. It is so fifties, in a very good way. The song is good too. This is a cozy movie to watch anytime. Debbie Reynolds is cute and funny, the dialogue is witty, and even the kind of creepy age gap thing has its charm! I've seen this a few times on turner classics, but missed taping it. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys stylish witty comedies with a twist of the surreal.

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