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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 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 »

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Barrie Trexel: I thought you liked the camp.
Blossom Trexel: Why did you think that?
Barrie Trexel: I'm told it's a nice, healthy place.
Blossom Trexel: If I get any more healthy, I'll die! I hate the camp, I hate it!
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Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Thro' the Rye
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Music Traditional
Words by Robert Burns (1782)
Whistled by Fredric March as he walks to his summer house
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Shimmering Adult Comedy-Drama
20 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another of the forgotten gems of Crawford's career. This trifle of a play, (which reads badly) is transformed by George Cukor and an all-star cast into a marvelous film. It's Joan Crawford on speed, Freddy March doing his dour drunk, Ruth Hussey, Nigel Bruve, Rita Hayworth, Rose Hobart, Bruce Cabot, and Marjorie Main all thrown into some of the most glamorous settings, costumes, and situations there can can be in an MGM film. Then, the fun starts. Crawford is a marvel as Susan, (who knew anyone but Billie Burke and Rosalind Russell could talk that fast?) who truly believes that only by wrecking the lives of all around her with her judgments and opinions can she help them be truly happy. The funny lines abound; Marjorie Main:"Look at this hallway, 'frighten Dracula." Also, after the argument between Susan and Barrie that sets up their "happy" family summer together, look at the strange sado-masochistic smile on Susan's face after Barrie's threatened to hit her with a chair and she realizes he may not be the sop she thought. See this film if only to see Crawford in a truly champagne comedy.


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