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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Olivia de Havilland,
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
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 »
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 »
If you want to know anything about this glamour business, just come to your mother.
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Some folks tend to repeat a critical consensus that Gertrude Lawrence was dynamo in the original stage production, and that may be true. But this is a film version, and Joan Crawford can convey the character on camera in a way that most other actresses cannot.
Also, I want to say that although I am a major Crawford fan, I did not want to like her in this role, because going in, I did feel she was slightly miscast. But if you stick with it, by the time the second hour gets underway, the occasional false notes fall away and she does win the viewer over. Her work in the scenes with Rita Quigley as her daughter, in the second half, are genuinely touching and serve as a precursor for the Mildred-Veda interaction five years later. So in a way, the film marks a turning point for her; Joan is definitely stretching her acting muscles here (under Cukor's supervision).
Next, I am not quite sure if Fredric March, as good as he is, was the right choice for leading man. He seems to realize that this is a woman's picture and that he is playing a supporting role and as a result, he appears to be going through the motions. Clearly, March seems unhappy and lacks enthusiasm, and his performance suffers (I think it is significant that he seldom, if ever, worked for MGM after this).
Finally, I did have the thought that this film would have been just as good if it had been the first pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Hepburn would have easily conveyed the flippant hypocritical nature of Susan-- in a way, she might seem more believable as an atheist than Crawford-- and Tracy would have brought a bit more tongue-in-cheek teasing to the proceedings than March.
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