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Susan Slept Here (1954)

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



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Christopher
Susan Beaurgard Landis
Isabella Alexander
Maude Snodgrass
Alvy Moore ...
Virgil, Mark's Gofer
Sergeant Monty Maizel
Herb Vigran ...
Sergeant Sam Hanlon
Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer
Marilyn, Mark's Neighbor
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! See more »


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?


Don Cornell's melodious contribution to the soundtrack, the Oscar-nominated love song, "Hold My Hand" (music and lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Richard Myers), was turned into Don's best-selling single on the Coral label. See more »


Mark Christopher: Hello there.
Sergeant Monty Maizel: Hi.
Mark Christopher: I don't think we've met.
Sergeant Monty Maizel: That's because you never saw me before.
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References Annie Oakley (1935) See more »


Susan Slept Here
Written by Jack Lawrence
Sung over the opening credits by a chorus
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Delightful Movie to Watch Christmas Eve--Even if dated today
2 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yet another Frank Tashlin (a former cartoonist) farce, set in LA on Christmas Eve with juvenile delinquent Debbie Reynolds (as perky and as cute as ever) consigned to old Oscar-winner Dick Powell--with the late Alvy Moore as his kookie sidekick, Virgil. Dated now with early 1950s song and look (dig that crazy sports car Powell drives), "real nervous" dialogue, etc. but something still comfy and fun about it--especially to watch on Christmas Eve. Look for great cameo at end by Red Skelton. Oh yes, and *I* like dill pickles and peanut butter!!

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