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Susan Slade (1961)

 -  Drama  -  8 November 1961 (USA)
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Premarital sex, secrets, and society. At 17, shy Susan Slade is on her way to California after a ten-year stay at a remote Chilean mine where her father was chief engineer. Onboard ship, ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Hoyt Brecker
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Susan Slade
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Leah Slade
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Roger Slade
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Stanton Corbett
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Conn White
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Marion Corbett
Kent Smith ...
Dr. Fane
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Wells Corbett
Guy Wilkerson ...
Slim
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Premarital sex, secrets, and society. At 17, shy Susan Slade is on her way to California after a ten-year stay at a remote Chilean mine where her father was chief engineer. Onboard ship, she's romanced by Conn White, a handsome mountain climber on his way to Alaska. Home in Monterey, Susan longs to hear from Conn. Two locals also take a shine to her - Hoyt Brecker, a horse wrangler who's the son of a criminal, and Wells Corbett, a sweet guy who lives in his high-society parents' shadow. Jump ahead two years, Susan has a desperate secret that her socially-conscious mother won't let her share. Can Susan find happiness - and what is it really that turns a girl into a woman? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She always meant to hold them off. She never could until she met the boy who understood... See more »

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Trivia

In the scene where Susan rides her birthday horse, Chulo, for the first time, there was a cameo by champion stud Captain Topper, a Shetland pony born in 1956. He was adjudged the greatest model stallion at the National Congress Pony Show in 1958 and 1959, and won 17 championships and 40 blue ribbons. Captain Topper was purchased for $6000 by Miss Patricia Burton of Detroit, who operated a stud farm on the Monterey peninsula. See more »

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At the Old Southern Pacific train station in Monterey, when Susan's train arrives from San Francisco, the train is going the wrong way (we see the northbound train to San Francisco, not the southbound train from San Francisco). See more »

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References A Summer Place (1959) See more »

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California Here I Come
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Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Al Jolson and Joseph Meyer
Quoted briefly when the ship arrives at San Francisco
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Keep that lighter away from the baby!
7 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Sincere, sometimes campy drama from director Delmer Daves (sort of the stepchild to his more-popular "A Summer Place" and "Parrish") wherein young Susan has a baby out of wedlock and her mother poses as the infant's mother, causing jealousy and friction between the two. Beautifully shot by Lucien Ballard (a great choice for a location-rich film such as this), it moves along at a fast clip and has lots of high drama. Connie Stevens isn't Meryl Streep, and she jumps from different emotions with too practiced a speed, but I loved her acting in the hospital waiting room when she comes clean in front of Mama, and I really bought her romance with scowling Troy Donahue. As the elders, Lloyd Nolan and Dorothy McGuire are exceptional, as is the production design (featuring a gorgeous ocean-front home in Monterey). The infrequent voice-over narration (first by Nolan and then later by Stevens) is an intrusion--who are they talking to?--and there's a silliness inherent in the trappings of the plot that render it dated, but I did find myself thinking about it days afterward. As sudsers go, it's first-rate. ***1/2 from ****


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