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4.0 out of 5 stars "You know, I've forgotten what seventeen-year-old emotional kids are like. I've been going out with middle-aged women; 20, 21", January 20, 2011
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SUSAN SLEPT HERE finally makes it's DVD debut as part of the Warner Archive program. In one of her rare loan-outs to RKO, Debbie Reynolds is Susan Landis, a seventeen-year-old petty criminal who is taken in by Hollywood screenwriter Mark Christopher (Dick Powell in his final movie role before heading off to TV-land) on Christmas Eve. What starts out as simply a kind gesture to keep Susan out of juvenile detention over the holidays soon dissolves into a marriage-of-convenience, when Mark decides to help Susan avoid her jail sentence completely. After their Vegas nuptials, Mark keeps his distance by moving to a Big Bear cabin in order to work on his latest script, but no-one counts on Susan, and her plan to remain Mrs Christopher...

Debbie is her adorable best, and Dick Powell treads carefully in a difficult role. The supporting cast is sublime, with delicious Anne Francis as Mark's "permanent girlfriend", film diva Isabella Alexander. Glenda Farrell is Maude Snodgrass, Mark's wisecracking, gin-swilling secretary who later becomes Susan's greatest ally; and Alvy Moore is hilarious playing Mark's former naval superior and now-personal assistant, Virgil.

The film has a really fun dream sequence that is pure Frank Tashlin, a witty screenplay and great performances from Reynolds and Powell, not to mention the Academy Award-nominated song "Hold My Hand". And what other movie is narrated by an Oscar statuette?! The print on this DVD-R from the Warner Archive is basic but watchable, with nicely saturated colour. There is a noticeable amount of debris and dirt in the print, but it's on par with the copy that's regularly aired on TCM. There are no extras apart from the trailer, and as with the other discs from the Warner Archive, it might not be playable on PC drives or DVD recorder devices. Recommended for Debbie fans; they've wanted this movie on DVD for a long time.
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