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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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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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In joke: During opening narration, an Oscar statuette makes reference to "Louella" - gossip columnist Louella Parsons, mother of film's producer Harriet Parsons. See more »

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Mark Christopher: You know I've forgotten what seventeen year old emotional kids are like. I've been going out with middle-aged women; twenty, twenty-one.
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References Peter Pan (1953) See more »

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Susan Slept Here
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Written by Jack Lawrence
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Glamorizing a Touchy Premise
31 December 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See 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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