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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Susan
... Barrie
... Charlotte
... Clyde
... Leonora
... 'Hutchie'
... Michael
... Irene
... Lady Wigstaff
... Blossom
... Enid
... Bob (as Richard O. Crane)
Norma Mitchell ... Paige
... Mary
... Patrick
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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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7 June 1940 (USA)  »

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As Teorias de Susana  »

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Budget:

$1,103,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$817,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,096,000
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Originally announced to star Greer Garson after Norma Shearer turned the part down. See more »

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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

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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Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Variation in the score when the gift pony is shown and when Susan returns home for the birthday party
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One of Joan's least typical, most underrated and best performances.
6 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

I LOVE this film. Cukor made it the same year as PHILADELPHIA STORY and it has the same exact feel and tone. This film was definitely eclipsed by the Hepburn one but deserves to be revived. Crawford is magnificent. I have never seen her play comedy like this and under Cukor's direction she excels. It proved what a versatile actress she could be. I don't understand comments like "she gives a poor imitation of what Gertrude Lawrence did on-stage". I highly doubt the person who wrote that ever saw the original stage production. He says he heard Lawrence speak lines from PRIVATE LIVES on a recording with Noel Coward and obviously that is what Joan was trying to imitate. Joan does not imitate other people and Cukor would never have allowed her to. I find it odd that when Crawford stretches herself in character parts like RAIN, SUSAN AND GOD, THE WOMEN, and A WOMAN'S FACE her public, and more importantly MGM, did not support her when she is obviously and magnificently broadening her horizons and simultaneously doing great work. THE WOMEN was the only one of this bunch that was a hit. But MGM never seemed fit to promote Joan for an Oscar. Watch this film and you will be surprised at this twist in the MGM Crawford. I think her transition at the end is remarkable and the character of Susan really grows and changes. I'm sure it was difficult for Crawford to portray a flighty, ditsy, scatterbrained woman but she really connects with something in this. I watch this movie at least twice a year. People complain it is stagey and long but with dialogue this good I'll take it over a movie half its length. The supporting cast is great. Watch Rita Hayworth in an early role. Fredric March, as usual, is brilliant and wonderful alongside Crawford. This is Joan's best comedy; and more than that, an excellent film. It's subject matter resonates today with it's "new age" religious fervor. I only wish Cukor had directed her in more because she responds soooooo well to him. Imagine if he directed GOODBYE, MY FANCY or TORCH SONG. Ah well, you can't have everything.


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