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Susan and God (1940)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  7 June 1940 (USA)
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Susan Trexel is a wealthy socialite, who while vacationing in Europe undergoes a religious transformation. On her return to America, Susan takes on the task of spreading her new found ... See full summary »

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Susan
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Barrie
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John Carroll ...
Clyde
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Leonora
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'Hutchie'
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Michael
Rose Hobart ...
Irene
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Lady Wigstaff
Rita Quigley ...
Blossom
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Richard Crane ...
Bob (as Richard O. Crane)
Norma Mitchell ...
Paige
Marjorie Main ...
Mary
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Patrick
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Susan Trexel is a wealthy socialite, who while vacationing in Europe undergoes a religious transformation. On her return to America, Susan takes on the task of spreading her new found religious experience with her closest friends - only to drive them crazy. Meanwhile, her husband Barrie, and daughter Blossom yearn for a stable family life. Barrie will even become sober, hoping that Susan will heed her own advice, and save their marriage and family. Written by Kelly

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Saint... Or Screwball?

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Drama | Comedy

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7 June 1940 (USA)  »

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As Teorias de Susana  »

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$1,103,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play was originally bought for Norma Shearer. She balked at playing the mother of a 14-year old, so Joan Crawford got the role. See more »

Goofs

When Irene sends the men out of the room before Barrie comes in, she takes a cigarette from a porcelain box on the table, tapping it on the box lid. Cut to Barrie opening his car door and stumbling up the steps to the porch. There is an immediate cut back to Irene who is just putting the lid back on the box. See more »

Quotes

Susan Trexel: If you're not going to be pretty, the least we can do is make you interesting.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Variation in the score when the gift pony is shown and when Susan returns home for the birthday party
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Crawford near her peak
3 August 1999 | by (New Hope, PA) – See all my reviews

This film is an odd one in Joan Crawford's MGM films, but entertaining and well worth viewing for one of Crawford's better, more carefully thought-out performances. Originally purchased for Norma Shearer (who balked at playing the mother of a teenager), this dramatic comedy provides a fine framework for one of Crawford's few successful comedy portrayals. Widely faulted at the time for too closely copying Gertrude Lawrence's stage performance (in the same role), today it is apparent how much originality and commitment Crawford brought to the part of Susan, a flighty upper-crust socialite hell bent on bringing her newfound religious enlightenment to her family and friends, with disastrous results.

Frederick March turns in a fine, delicately shaded performance as Susan's long suffering husband who is driven to drink by her fecklessness. Majorie Main, as Susan's down-to-earth housekeeper, almost steals the film and Rose Hobart gives a brilliant, tense performance as Susan's unhappy best friend.

This is a first rate MGM production of its day, with stunning costumes and brilliant supporting players. This film has often been overlooked by fans and critics alike, but it offers many delights and highlights excellent contributions by George Cukor, the director, and the rest of the MGM production team. The subject (born again religious mania) is, as more than one film critic has noted, rather an odd one for Golden Age Hollywood to have touched on at all, but it is handled with care and Susan, in the end, emerges a wiser, happier woman. No Joan Crawford fan should miss it!


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