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directed by Frank Tashlin
USA 1954


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.


Theatrical Release: 14 July 1954 (San Francisco, California)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:37:54

1.67:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.67:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:15)

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2010
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Chapters 30



Just in time for the holidays, Warner Archive Collection brings us two holiday-themed classics with Debbie Reynolds, this title and Bundle of Joy. Susan Slept Here is the last theatrical role for Dick Powell, before going all television. The film would be standard 1950's romantic comedy with the male lead twice the age of his love interest, but the zany direction of ex-animator Frank Tashlin brings the film to another level with a memorable dream sequence right out of Looney Tunes cartoon.

The progressive anamorphic transfer on this single-layered made-on-demand disc looks great. There are a few blemishes and marks fly by, but they are not distracting and colors are really great. The film was released to theaters in 1954 and the comparison between a frame from the full-screen trailer and the film shows there is a bit more information on the sides and some cropping on the top and the bottom to present the film how it was shown originally. The disc has above-mentioned trailer and a 30 chapters are provided for the feature. All around a great job by Warner Archive!

  - Gregory Meshman


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