Susan Slept Here

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Susan Slept Here
Susan-slept-here-poster.jpg
original film poster
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Produced by Harriet Parsons
Written by Steve Fisher (play)
Alex Gottlieb (play and screenplay)
Starring Dick Powell
Debbie Reynolds
Music by Leigh Harline
Richard Myers
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by Harry Marker
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 14, 1953 (1953-07-14) (US)[1]
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.25 million (US)[2]

Susan Slept Here is a 1954 American romantic comedy film starring Dick Powell (in his last film role) and Debbie Reynolds. Shot in Technicolor, the film was based on the play of the same name by Steve Fisher and Alex Gottlieb. The film's plotline was later used again by director Frank Tashlin for 1962's Bachelor Flat.[3]

Plot[edit]

Mark Christopher (Powell) is a successful thirty-five-year-old Hollywood screenwriter who has suffered from partial writer's block since winning an Academy Award and has been unable to produce a decent script. One Christmas Eve, he receives an unexpected and very unwanted surprise present.

Vice cop Sergeant Sam Hanlon (Herb Vigran) brings Mark seventeen-year-old Susan Landis (Reynolds). Susan had been abandoned by her mother and was arrested for vagrancy and hitting a Sailor over the head with a beer bottle. Not wanting to keep her in jail over the holidays and aware that Mark was interested in writing a script about juvenile delinquency, the kindhearted cop decides to bend the rules (much to the disapproval of his partner) and offers to let her stay in Mark's luxurious apartment until her arraignment the day after Christmas.

Mark is naturally appalled, but is eventually persuaded to take the girl in. This doesn't go over too well with Isabella Alexander (Anne Francis), a demanding senator's daughter whom Mark has been dating for years. Isabella's jealousy grows when Susan develops a crush on Mark. Mark's secretary Maude Snodgrass (Glenda Farrell), his best friend Virgil (Alvy Moore), and his lawyer Harvey Butterworth (Les Tremayne), do their best to keep the situation under control.

When Harvey lets slip that Susan will likely stay in a juvenile detention facility till she is 18, Mark impulsively takes her to Las Vegas and marries her. The marriage, he explains to his friends, will last for just long enough to convince the judge that Susan has made good. The love-struck Susan has other ideas. With the encouragement and support of Maude, who still regrets leaving her childhood love behind for a career in Hollywood, Susan fights to make the marriage permanent. She refuses to sign the annulment papers.

When Susan is seen eating strawberries and pickles, Mark's friends assume the worst: that she is pregnant. Susan eventually confesses to Mark that she just likes that combination. Mark has his own confession: he is in love with his wife but is worried by their age difference. Susan tells him all the reasons that they should stay married and pulls him into the bedroom.

Cast[edit]

Award nominations[edit]

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Music, Original Song "Hold My Hand" and for Best Sound, Recording (John Aalberg).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Susan Slept Here". imdb.com. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1954', Variety Weekly, January 5, 1955
  3. ^ "Bachelor Flat Review by Fernando F. Croce". Cinepassion.org. 
  4. ^ "The 27th Academy Awards (1955) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 

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