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Susan and God (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 7 June 1940 (USA)
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 »


George Cukor


Anita Loos (screen play), Rachel Crothers (based on the celebrated play by)




Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Susan Trexel
Fredric March ... Barrie Trexel
Ruth Hussey ... Charlotte
John Carroll ... Clyde Rochester
Rita Hayworth ... Leonora
Nigel Bruce ... 'Hutchie'
Bruce Cabot ... Michael O'Hara
Rose Hobart ... Irene Burroughs
Constance Collier ... Lady Wigstaff
Rita Quigley ... Blossom Trexel
Gloria DeHaven ... Enid
Richard Crane ... Bob (as Richard O. Crane)
Norma Mitchell Norma Mitchell ... Hazel Paige
Marjorie Main ... Mary Maloney
Aldrich Bowker ... Patrick Maloney


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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Did You Know?


The play was originally bought as a starring vehicle for Norma Shearer, who balked at playing a mother again so soon after The Women (1939) and instead set her cap on the role of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1940), an assignment studio chief Louis B. Mayer ultimately bestowed upon Greer Garson. See more »


When Susan first arrives as she steps from the boat she has a cape on but the cape is gone when she enters the house and neither she nor anyone else is carrying it. See more »


Susan Trexel: The most marvelous thing about this is, you can keep right on being whatever you are: an Episcopalian, Ethiopian, Colored. Anything! It's just love, love, love! For other people - not for yourself.
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Religious Song
Composer unknown
Played on Guitar by Coco Broadhurst and sung by him and the party guests
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A hilarious Joan Crawford performance -- who knew?
9 April 2008 | by William222See all my reviews

Having just watched the amazing A WOMAN'S FACE, ran across this comment thread and I am so glad to see this title has fervent admirers. I am definitely one. Watched it many years ago and was absolutely floored by Joan's performance in this, as atypical for her as A WOMAN'S FACE but in a completely different direction, high comedy. It is one of the all-time greatest comedic performances in my book, and yet remains tragically obscure, in both her and Cukor's filmographies. Of course, it is so over-the-top that it runs the risk of being pigeonholed as just another campy Joan Crawford display, and yet if you cast out your preconceptions about her you will see a multi-layered characterization that is at once absurd yet never condescending, expertly timed delivery that seems totally effortless. I simply cannot wait for a DVD of this!

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Release Date:

7 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,103,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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