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Susan Slept Here (1954)

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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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Mark Christopher
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Susan Beaurgard Landis
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Isabella Alexander
Glenda Farrell ...
Maude Snodgrass
Alvy Moore ...
Virgil, Mark's Gofer
Horace McMahon ...
Sergeant Monty Maizel
Herb Vigran ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Eine Nacht mit Susanne  »

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Trivia

Susan Slept Here (1954) was condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency, primarily for its suggestive title. In a male-dominated society George Washington Slept Here (1942) sounded no similar moral alarms. The ban hurt the movie's receipts but did greater harm to the Legion who were taken less seriously after The Moon Is Blue (1953) ban a year earlier in shocked response to the word 'virgin' used outside the church. See more »

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Maude Snodgrass: Your husband's better than crazy, he's a writer. And you'll be just another story to him, Susie, unless you love him enough to stay and put the ending on it. Don't let the senator's daughter write the fade-out.
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References Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) 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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May-December romance in the jive era
6 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the missed opportunities of the era was to have Debbie Reynolds and Dick Powell paired in this very funny and perceptive romantic comedy, but not to make it a musical. That would have given it just that bit of an edge to make it different to hundreds of other movies being churned out with similar plotlines.

However, what we have is Reynolds as a teenage delinquent foisted on the well-meaning Powell, a writer, at Christmas. He wants inspiration for his writing, she wants a sugar daddy. Guess how this one ends up?

One thing I did especially like were the dream sequences, involving cages and spiders and all kinds of things, in lurid pinks. Where was Tashlin's mind going here? Fun stuff throughout, however, with a sparkling performance from Reynolds.


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