Susan Slept Here

Susan Slept Here

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Director: Frank Tashlin

Cast: Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis

     
 

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 teenagedSee more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Dick Powell's last feature film, Susan Slept Here is moderately enjoyable, although modern audiences may feel some discomfort over the May-December romance that forms the core of the plot. There's nothing wrong with using an older man-younger woman relationship as the basis of a comedy, of course, but it has to be handled either more tactfully or more audaciously than it is here. Director Frank Tashlin is somewhat off his form here; although there are moments that are marked with his trademark abandon, too much of the film feels restrained. Part of this is due to Powell, playing a straight man part and not investing much effort into it. Tashlin is also hemmed in by the screenplay, which is not inventive enough. However, he is enormously helped by Debbie Reynolds, whose performance is so perky and energetic that the screen has a hard time holding her. Anne Francis is also an asset, bringing depth to what could have been a cardboard cutout character, and Glenda Farrell brings expert timing and comic delivery to her role. Susan is not really a good movie, but it's also too silly and sweet to dislike.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
UPC:
0883316288023
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
24,312

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Powell Mark
Debbie Reynolds Susan
Anne Francis Isabella
Alvy Moore Virgil
Glenda Farrell Maude
Horace McMahon Maizel
Herb Vigran Hanlon
Les Tremayne Harvey
Mara Lane Marilyn
Maide Norman Georgette
Rita Johnson Dr. Johnson
Ellen Corby Waitress
Benny Rubin Janitor
Barbara Darrow Legal Secretary
Sue Carlton Cashier
Oliver Blake Motel Manager
Louella Parsons Telephone Voice
Jack Benny Guest
Red Skelton Oswald
Billy Halop Waiter

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Mel Berns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Steve Fisher Screenwriter
Alex Gottlieb Screenwriter
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Jack Lawrence Score Composer,Songwriter
Harry Marker Editor
Frank McWhorter Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Richard Myers Score Composer,Songwriter
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
Harriet Parsons Producer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Sidney Choreography
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

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