Susan Slept Here (1954)




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Susan Slept Here is the only feature film in Hollywood history ever to be narrated by an Academy Award. After introducing itself, the Oscar statuette invites us into the apartment home of its owner, screenwriter Mark Christopher Dick Powell. Knowing that Mark is working on a script about juvenile deliquency, policeman Sam Hanlon Herb Vigran deposits teenaged troublemaker Susan Landis Debbie Reynolds on Mark's doorstep. Somewhat terrified by Susan's erratic behavior, Mark vows to keep their relationship platonic, but his fiancee Isabella Anne Francis suspects the worst. Director Frank Tashlin aims his satiric barbs at psychiatry, conspicuous consumption and Hollywood itself. The spirited supporting cast includes Glenda Farrell, Alvy Moore, Horace McMahon and Les Tremayne.
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Anne Francis
as Isabella
Alvy Moore
as Virgil
Herb Vigran
as Hanlon
Les Tremayne
as Harvey
Mara Lane
as Marilyn
Maide Norman
as Georgette
Rita Johnson
as Dr. Rawley
Ellen Corby
as Waitress
Benny Rubin
as Janitor
Barbara Darrow
as Legal Secretary
Sue Carlton
as Cashier
Oliver Blake
as Motel Manager
Louella Parsons
as Telephone Voice
Jack Benny
as Guest
Red Skelton
as Oswald
Billy Halop
as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Susan Slept Here

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Some 97 minutes of well-farced escapism is offered in Susan Slept Here.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

On the whole, "Susan Slept Here" remains as familiar as a summer breeze, but not nearly as refreshing.

Full Review… | August 7, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This started life as a Broadway comedy and remains very theatrical, despite Tashlin's efforts to goose it into life ...

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Some of the gags about 50s Hollywood are priceless (among them a parody of Gene Kelly's dream ballets).

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's a surprisingly bad outing considering all the talent involved.

Full Review… | May 27, 2015
TV Guide

One scene finds Debbie Reynolds using the golden head of the trademarked Oscar statuette as a makeshift hammer to crack walnuts. In Hollywood, that may have been as shocking as the sight of the desecrated statue of the Virgin Mary in 'The Exorcist.'

Full Review… | March 15, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Susan Slept Here


fun movie ! Dick Powell was funny as a man who belives he is a confirmed bachelor. Debbie Reynolds creates maham when she is brought to his appartment by two vice squad officers. the reason they dont want her to spend Christmas in juvenel detention. things spiral out of control from here

Mighty Autoparts
Mighty Autoparts

Cotton candy confection with Debbie bright and chipper. Something from a much more innocent time with for that time a slightly risque story, although the fact that Debbie was actually 22 and looks it not the 17 the script indicates removing much of the ick factor. Skillfully played by all with Glenda Farrell very amusing in support and Anne Francis a knockout in an eyepoppingly elegant wardrobe.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

You learn to love Susan! Her gitty personality and charming presants makes this movie. It's a great romantic movie with heart tugging twists!

Shonna Nelson
Shonna Nelson

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