Down 1,279 this week

Susan and God (1940)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  7 June 1940 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 630 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 8 critic

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 »



(screen play), (based on the celebrated play by)
0Check in

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 56 titles
created 24 Sep 2011
list image
a list of 32 titles
created 04 Dec 2011
a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
a list of 12 titles
created 23 Mar 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Susan and God" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Susan and God (1940)

Susan and God (1940) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Susan and God.




Complete credited cast:
John Carroll ...
Nigel Bruce ...
Rose Hobart ...
Constance Collier ...
Lady Wigstaff
Rita Quigley ...
Richard Crane ...
Bob (as Richard O. Crane)
Norma Mitchell ...
Marjorie Main ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Saint... Or Screwball?


Drama | Comedy


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Susan and God  »

Box Office


$1,103,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The play originally opened on 10 April 1937 in Princeton, New Jersey, and moved to New York City, New York on 7 October 1937 where it ran for 288 performances. Gertrude Lawrence played the role of Susan. See more »


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 »


Susan Trexel: If you're not going to be pretty, the least we can do is make you interesting.
See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) See more »


1812 Overture in E Flat, Op.49
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played as background music in the bar
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Something much more spiritual than a wagon
19 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

One of Joan Crawford's oddest movies. Joan plays a self-centered rich lady and busybody named Susan Trexel who undergoes a sudden religious conversion. Then, like a lot of people who find religion, she can't wait to tell everybody about it over and over again. She drives her friends nuts giving them unwanted advice and butting into their lives. She also neglects her family and doesn't apply her newfound beliefs to her own life. Her estranged husband Barrie (Fredric March) has a drinking problem he's trying to conquer to help bring their family back together but Susan isn't helping matters any. Also her poor daughter desperately wants her family back together but she's overlooked as well.

Nice supporting cast includes Ruth Hussey, Bruce Cabot, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Main, and Rita Hayworth. Special mention to young Rita Quigley as Susan's ugly duckling daughter. Joan was really trying to broaden her acting range during this period and this role is definitely unlike any other she had played up to this point. I've seen a number of criticisms towards her performance that say she compares badly with Gertrude Lawrence, who evidently originated the role on the stage. I'm not familiar with Mrs. Lawrence nor am I in possession of a time machine to go back over 70 years to compare the two performances. Thankfully I don't have the baggage of comparison to deal with when watching this movie. I think Joan is very good as the insufferable Susan. March is good in his part, as well.

My only major complaint is that you can tell the movie was adapted from a play. It's stagey by 1940 standards. There's barely any score, particularly in the first hour, and the scenes are all very setbound. Given the length this wears on you after awhile. I'm a little surprised George Cukor didn't do much about this. His direction is very pedestrian here. Overall, it's an OK drama with some comedy and one of Joan Crawford's most interesting performances.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Rita Quigley/Ugly Betty georgestrum
Dress won by Joan Crawford in the last scene dlevy1201
Discuss Susan and God (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: