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Susan and God (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy | 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 »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

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

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
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
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Storyline

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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Saint... Or Screwball?

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Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Teorias de Susana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,103,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The unnamed religion Susan found fashionable was based on a real Christian movement created by Lutheran Reverend Frank N. D. Buchman, which he named the Oxford Group and it later became known as Moral Re-armament. The Reverend denied it as being a religion explaining that it was a group of like minded individuals wishing to surrender to God and was without any organization, nor membership. 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 »

Quotes

'Hutchie': Divorce is about the only thing that Susan hasn't tried.
Charlotte: Oh, its probably nothing more exciting than a new hairdo.
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Featured in Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Religious Song
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played on Guitar by Coco Broadhurst and sung by him and the party guests
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An Easy One to Forget
23 January 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Susan and God (1940)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Joan Crawford certainly had a couple interesting years at MGM. In 1939 she delivered what many consider to be her best (THE WOMEN) and worst (THE ICE FOLLIES OF 1939) films while in 1940 she delivered two of the strangest religious pictures ever made. STRANGE CARGO was a pretty entertaining movie that also had Clark Gable. This picture co-stars Fredric March but sadly the end result is somewhat of a disaster. Crawford plays Susan, a woman who comes back from a cruise and only has God on her mind. She tries to push the word of God on her friends but they just laugh at her while her alcoholic husband (March) has a few issues of his own. SUSAN AND GOD is an incredibly weird little picture that some might want to check out just to see how weird it actually is. Up to this point I think it's the worst Crawford picture I've seen for a number of reasons. For starters, the film is just so darn boring that I couldn't wait for it to be over. The thing moves so slow and features so many boring characters that the film's 117-minute running time just seems like an eternity. Even worse is the fact that you really don't care or like the Crawford character. Perhaps things would have been different had we met Susan before the cruise and before she started to worship God. Since we meet her after the fact it's just an annoying character. It also doesn't help that Crawford is way too over-the-top in the film. I've read that she's tried to mimic the lady who originally played the part on stage and if so it just didn't work. Even March is pretty forgettable in the film and even worse is that the wasted cast includes Ruth Hussey, Rita Hayworth, John Carroll, Nigel Bruce and Bruce Cabot. SUSAN AND GOD is a bizarre film about religion and I must admit that I really didn't like any of it. It's a hard film to sit through but an easy one to forget.


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