Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday's Film Adaption: Susan Slept Here by Steve Fisher & Alex Gottlieb

Genre: Comedy
Characters: 4 males, 4 females
Scenery: Interior

A Hollywood writer in need of some research material finds Susan, a 17 year old delinquent, on his doorstep on a rainy Christmas Eve. He learns her life, decides he won't let her be sent to the prison farm, and therefore contrives to have her marry him in Las Vegas. Before she awakens after their all night ride back, Joe leaves for his mountain cabin to write a play about Susan. In his absence, Joe's old Navy pal talks Susan into studying acting. Finally Joe's play opens with Susan in the cast, and she immediately becomes the talk of Broadway. However, she walks out on the play to go back to Joe, who has since realized how much he really loved her. She has little trouble convincing him that age differences mean nothing when two people love each other.

A Hollywood screenwriter takes in a runaway girl who's more woman than he can handle.

Release Date: July 14, 1954
Release Time: 98 minutes

Dick Powell as Mark Christopher
Debbie Reynolds as Susan Beauregard Landis
Anne Francis as Isabella Alexander
Alvy Moore as Virgil, Mark's assistant
Glenda Farrell as Maude Snodgrass
Horace McMahon as Sergeant Monty Maizel
Herb Vigran as Sergeant Sam Hanlon
Les Tremayne as Harvey Butterworth
Mara Lane as Marilyn
Maidie Norman as Georgette, Mark's maid
Rita Johnson as Dr. Rawley
Ellen Corby as Coffee Shop Waitress
Benny Rubin as Sylvester the janitor
Barbara Darrow as Miss Jennings
Sue Carlton as Coffee Shop Cashier

1954 Academy Awards
Best Song - Jack Lawrence, Richard Myers - Nominated
Best Sound - John O. Aalberg - Nominated



Author Bios:
Steve Fisher
Stephen Gould Fisher was an American author best known for his pulp stories, novels and screenplays. He is one of the few pulp authors to go on to enjoy success as both an author in “slick” magazines, such as the Saturday Evening Post, and as an in-demand writer in Hollywood.

Alex Gottlieb
Educated at the University of Wisconsin, Gottlieb worked in theater publicity and advertising before entering radio writing. Later he ventured into screenplays and film production. Among his credits were "I'll Take Sweden," "Frankie and Johnny," "Buck Privates" (in 1941 the first Bud Abbott and Lou Costello picture) and "Hollywood Canteen." On Broadway he produced "Separate Rooms," "Susan Slept Here," "Two for the Money" and "One Big Happy Family," while his TV work involved "The Gale Storm Show," "Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre," "Donna Reed Show" and "The Smothers Brothers Show."

Steve Fisher

Alex Gottlieb



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