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Susan Slept Here (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 21 October 1954 (Portugal)
On Christmas Eve, a struggling Hollywood scriptwriter receives a very unexpected present: juvenile delinquent Susan Landis.

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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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Debbie Reynolds later admitted having "a mad crush on" Dick Powell. "He taught me common courtesy and to treat my crew and colleagues with equal respect." See more »

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There are dozens of Christmas presents under Mark's tree and he brings home another dozen or so at the start of the movie, yet over the entire Christmas holiday, only two people are actually given a present, and there are only three other people--his gopher Virgil, housekeeper Georgette and his lawyer Harvey Butterworth--who might conceivably receive one. See more »

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Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer: [Interrupred by Mark during a session at his psyciatrist] Do forgive me if I don't stand up, but this couch costs me fifty bucks an hour.
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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 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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