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Anita Loos (screen play)
Rachel Crothers (based on the celebrated play by)
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Release Date:
7 June 1940 (USA) See more »
Saint... Or Screwball?
Susan Trexel is a wealthy socialite, who while vacationing in Europe undergoes a religious transformation... See more » | Add synopsis »
The Second-Hand Illusion: Notes on Cukor
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If Irving Thalberg had been alive at the time... See more (28 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Susan

Fredric March ... Barrie

Ruth Hussey ... Charlotte

John Carroll ... Clyde

Rita Hayworth ... Leonora

Nigel Bruce ... 'Hutchie'

Bruce Cabot ... Michael

Rose Hobart ... Irene

Constance Collier ... Lady Wigstaff

Rita Quigley ... Blossom

Gloria DeHaven ... Enid

Richard Crane ... Bob (as Richard O. Crane)
Norma Mitchell ... Paige

Marjorie Main ... Mary

Aldrich Bowker ... Patrick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rama Bai ... Native Girl at Party (uncredited)
Coco Broadhurst ... Slim (uncredited)
Romaine Callender ... Oliver Leeds (uncredited)

Don Castle ... Theater Usher (uncredited)

Dan Dailey ... Homer (uncredited)
Jane Drummond ... Rose (uncredited)

Herbert Evans ... David (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ... Tom (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Amos - Seated Man in Bar (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Scotchman at Party (uncredited)
Claude King ... L.F. (uncredited)
Harold Landon ... Christopher (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Joan Leslie ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Station Master (uncredited)

Lon McCallister ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Oscar O'Shea ... Samr (uncredited)
David Oliver ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Ship Steward (uncredited)
Louis Payne ... Dave (uncredited)
Ed Payson ... Athlete (uncredited)

Susan Peters ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eleanor Soohoo ... Native Girl at Party (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Exiting Theater Patron (uncredited)
David Leo Tillotson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Henryette Yate ... Fifi (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
Writing credits
Anita Loos (screen play)

Rachel Crothers (based on the celebrated play by)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
Film Editing by
William H. Terhune (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Jack D. Moore (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Production Management
Keith Weeks .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Randall Duell .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
John Golden .... producer: stage play
Coco Broadhurst .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #6246) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Film debut of Susan Peters.See more »
Continuity: 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:Oh, I've forgotten. Take that away. That's out.
Michael O'Hara:Don't tell me you're on the wagon, Susan.
Susan Trexel:No, not at all. It's something much more spiritual than a wagon.
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If Irving Thalberg had been alive at the time..., 21 June 2015
Author: calvinnme from United States

... he would have given the part of Susan to his wife Norma Shearer. Instead it went to Joan Crawford, and, oh my, what a revelation. As socialite Susan, Joan goes from being sly to oblivious to caring (in her own way) at the snap of a finger. Joan had played socialites before, but usually with that world weary and wise way about her that Joan brought to so many of her parts. This is a completely different type of role for her.

In a nutshell, Susan is a wealthy rather air-headed woman who goes on a trip and learns about God "in a completely new way" from a fellow traveler, one Lady Wigstaff. She comes home loaded down with brochures in every language and immediately just bursts in on the most personal parts of her friends' lives in a very open and coarse way - You two should never have gotten married, you two should never get married, etc. Except now what she would previously have called nosy she calls religion! Plus you can tell that this rude kind of criticism is just Susan's nature but now she can claim she is on a mission from God.

However, this new found faith has not changed her attitude towards her husband, Barry (Fredric March), who drinks heavily due to Susan's neglect, nor her attitude toward her teenage daughter, Blossom, who at first glance looks like she is doing anything but blossoming - physically that is. Susan will do anything to avoid the two of them, but Barry arrives at the estate where Susan is staying with her friends and has a showdown. In the end Susan agrees to Barry's challenge. She will spend the summer in their country estate with Barry and Blossom and if Barry slips up and gets drunk just once, Susan can have the divorce she has wanted for some time. Complications ensue.

Did I mention that a close friend of both of them (Ruth Hussey as Charlotte) has always been and is still in love with Barry, hates to see Susan walk all over him, but is too good a person to trespass? Even though she has a small part I thought Hussey was really a stand-out here.

I think this film has been unfairly forgotten with an IMDb rating that might have you thinking it is a bore. I disagree. With an unusual topic explored in an unconventional way right before the second world war, with great ensemble acting and crisp dialogue that keeps the first half of the movie moving when it could easily have bogged down, I would recommend this one.

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