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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Airs Sat. Dec. 05, 10:00 PM on TCM

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Mark Christopher
Susan Beaurgard Landis
Isabella Alexander
Glenda Farrell ...
Maude Snodgrass
Alvy Moore ...
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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Violent Years (1994) See more »


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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