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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$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 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 »

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

Barrie Trexel: If Susan's lying in a ditch, you can be sure it's a perfectly good ditch, with hot and cold running water.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Religious Song
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played on Guitar by Coco Broadhurst and sung by him and the party guests
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Joan tries for something different with mixed results
18 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Odd film especially for a Crawford vehicle about a shallow socialite who takes up religion on a whim with an overly simplistic ending.

It's easy to see why Joan accepted this after Norma Shearer's vanity got in the way of her taking the part, she wouldn't play a part of a woman with an almost adult child. Norma would have been much more right for the role since her facile, sometime brittle superior air was more in line with the part than Crawford's earthiness although she tries to submerge it. Susan was definitely different for Joan who at this point was looking for challenges cracking that she'd play Wally Beery's grandmother if it was a good part!

The film suffers from not having anyone to really root for outside the minor character of the main couple's daughter Blossom. Both Joan and March's characters are selfish, and for the most part, thoughtless fools.

This was the screen debut, in a wordless bit, of Susan Peters and Dan Dailey in a slightly larger part. Also keep a sharp eye out for Joan Leslie and Gloria De Haven in tiny parts just starting out.

Someone who has a larger part and actually attracted quite a bit of notice for this picture moving her forward to larger parts than she had been cast previously is Rita Hayworth. She's ravishing although not quite fully arrived at her star persona just yet. Still a brunette she handles her small supporting role well injecting a touch of pathos into a sketchily drawn part.

Points to Crawford for trying to stretch her established persona but while it's an admirable attempt the results are mixed.


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