SUSAN SLEPT HERE REVIEWED
“Susan Slept Here” is an odd film from one of my favorite directors. For those that don’t know about Frank Tashlin, he was a teenage animation savant. After working for the major studios, he transitioned into directing Martin & Lewis movies. From there, he started directing off-kilter movies including my personal favorite “The Girl Can’t Help It”. But, we’re here today to tackle such a weird film caught in time.
Tashlin has created “Susan Slept Here” as the ultimate wealthy bachelor’s fantasy. Our lead played by Dick Powell doesn’t work, but has a staff of women serving him. One day, the cops bring him a teenage runaway to offer inspiration for his next script. That’s right, kids. This is a 1954 movie where the LAPD drops off hot teenage runaways to the doorstep of screenwriters. Porn tries to create far more believable scenarios than this.
From there, we find Dick Powell working out a marriage scheme to keep the runaway off the streets. Since the runaway is Debbie Reynolds, nothing that good is going to happen. The end result doesn’t matter, as the film is a visual treat. Mastering a look somewhere between a Looney Tunes cartoon and a 1950s Playboy drawing, this is aesthetic perfection. Everyone should pick up this Blu-Ray.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.66:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 mono