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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.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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It all started when... Susan Slept Here??? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1954 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dan Dailey was cast in the lead role, but he had a prior commitment to Twentieth Century-Fox. See more »

Goofs

When Isabella confronts new bride Susan in her bedroom, a part of the camera setup and a crew member's arm are visible in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Isabella Alexander: [snidely] My father is Senator Rufus D. Alexander.
Sergeant Sam Hanlon: You'll still have to leave.
Isabella Alexander: You'll have to carry me out.
Sergeant Monty Maizel: Hold my cheese sandwich.
[hands it to Susan]
Isabella Alexander: The Senator will have you broken!
Sergeant Monty Maizel: Ha! A Democrat. He's got his own troubles.
[picks up Isabella on his shoulder and carries her out of the bedroom]
Isabella Alexander: Enough of this! Put me down!
Sergeant Monty Maizel: I can't hear ya lady, I've got flat feet.
[...]
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Connections

References The Outlaw (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Susan Slept Here
(uncredited)
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 paluskaSee 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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