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
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!
The Plot Thus Far
Screenwriter Mark Christopher gets a Christmas present that isn’t on his Santa list: a 17-year-old delinquent named Susan, deposited in his bachelor pad by a cop pal who doesn’t want to see the kid spend Christmas behind bars. Touched by Susan’s plight, Mark decides there’s only one way to keep her out of juvie: marry her in name only and get an annulment when she comes of age. But after a Vegas elopement, Susan isn’t so sure she wants to be the ex-Mrs. Christopher. Dick Powell (in his last film role before devoting himself to a hugely successful TV career) and Debbie Reynolds play the (maybe) mismatched couple in a big-hearted romantic comedy from animator-turned-director Frank Tashlin that makes merry use of its Yuletide setting.
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