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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.


Frank Tashlin


Alex Gottlieb (screenplay), Steve Fisher (play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Mark Christopher
Debbie Reynolds ... Susan Beaurgard Landis
Anne Francis ... Isabella Alexander
Glenda Farrell ... Maude Snodgrass
Alvy Moore ... Virgil, Mark's Gofer
Horace McMahon ... Sergeant Monty Maizel
Herb Vigran ... Sergeant Sam Hanlon
Les Tremayne ... Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer
Mara Lane ... Marilyn, Mark's Neighbor
Rita Johnson ... Dr. Rawley, Harvey's Shrink
Maidie Norman ... 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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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

21 October 1954 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Las tres noches de Susana See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mark's unusual-looking car is Dick Powell's very own 1953 Nash-Healy roadster. Only 506 production vehicles were made from 1951 to 1954. MSRP was $6,000 ($55,640 in 2017). This car can also be seen driven by George Reeves in four episodes of Adventures of Superman (1952). See more »


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Sergeant Monty Maizel: Remember you guys, she's underage. Lay one hand on her and that's all brother.
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References Peter Pan (1924) See more »


Hold My Hand
Music by Richard Myers
Lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Sung by Don Cornell
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Couldn't be Made Today
30 October 2000 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

Witty romantic comedy with a superior cast. Contains some of the sloppiness one would expect from RKO under Hughes. Powell's character has supposed to possess one of the first writing Oscars, yet he is only 35 (26 years after the first Academy Awards). Spotting Reynolds using Oscar as a nutcracker, Powell drops lit cigarette on carpeted floor. Reynolds offer Powell scrambled eggs; Powell and Reynolds are then seen eating eggs "over easy." However, even Hughes' RKO can't ruin wonderful performances from Powell, Reynolds, and a fine supporting cast. I rate this movie very highly because, underneath the frothy comedy is some very uneasy themes, which would garner such a movie an "R" rating today, assuming it could be made. Though by SUSAN, the 22 year old Reynolds was a real Hollywood veteran (she'd made SINGIN IN THE RAIN two years earlier), she plays a 17 year old (which she continued to do for at least the next three years; witness TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR) Powell's at ten years too old for the part, making the May-December romance issue REALLY stick out. This movie is a "coming of age" film for the characters portrayed by Powell, Reynolds and the character "Maude," Powell's man-hungry writing assistant (Always wondered if Rose Marie's character on DICK VAN DYKE was modeled on this character). Powell's Mark and Reynolds' Susan walk a slender tightrope which IS the "father-daughter / daughter-wife" romantic conflict. Mark is a lifelong bachelor, apparently unable to commit, unsure what he really wants. Susan is a young romantic, certain of what she wants, ready to commit. The movie has a good romantic score and a great ballad, "Hold My Hand." One shudders at what Hollywood would do with such a story these days. These days they usually kill one of the members of such a match, even when the female is in hear twenties. Make the girl 17 (such as here) and I doubt any studio would release it. MEMO TO HOLLYWOOD: Justice William O. Douglas and Charlie Chaplin both had "child brides." Sometimes, these things work. No one would believe Mark could keep his hands off Susan, since the "moral restrictions" so prevalent up to 1960 no longer exist. Food for thought...

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