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Susan and God (1940)

Approved  |   |  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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As Teorias de Susana  »

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$1,103,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Susan Trexel: Where did you get that hideous thing you're wearing?
Blossom Trexel: They got it for me.
Susan Trexel: They?
Blossom Trexel: The school did.
Susan Trexel: Oh, really, Barry. After all the money we pay that school to then neglect her appearance like this. You look all wool and a yard wide.
Blossom Trexel: Mother, you're funny! And you look so divine.
Susan Trexel: Well, why not? I work like a trojan at it.
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Featured in Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940) See more »

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Religious Song
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played on Guitar by Coco Broadhurst and sung by him and the party guests
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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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