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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
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 Norma Mitchell ... Paige
Marjorie Main ... Mary
Aldrich Bowker ... Patrick
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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?

Genres:

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)

Gross USA:

$817,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,096,000
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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

Susan Trexel: I'll tell him I don't approve of it in the daytime. All night's long enough for anything on earth.
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Featured in Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940) See more »

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1812 Overture in E Flat, Op.49
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played as background music in the bar
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Note The Billing
22 February 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Please take careful notice of the billing in the title of this film. It's about a society woman, Susan Trexel, who has taken up religion as some kind of a new fad. Ms. Trexel is rather full of herself and she would no doubt approve of the Deity getting second billing in a play about her life.

Susan and God, a play by Rachel Crothers, ran on Broadway for the 1937-1938 season for 256 performances and starred Gertrude Lawrence who got rave reviews for her performance as the Long Island society woman who is so full of herself that she neglects husband and daughter for her various fads. She's embraced a particular type of Christianity in which it's believed confession is not just good, but necessary for the soul. Not only your confession, but you must apparently be brutally frank about everyone around you.

I knew a woman many years ago when I lived in New York. She was a union official, the treasurer of a local. This was an office she used the way Susan Trexel uses her new religion, to become the world's biggest busybody, interjecting herself into everyone's business. When you're a busybody by nature it's great if you can find a religion that says God requires you to be one.

I wish I could give Susan and God a higher rating. But the fault lies with Joan Crawford who apparently made the mistake of seeing Gertrude Lawrence in the play. Someone who's never seen or heard Gertrude Lawrence might not catch it and just think Crawford is too mannered in her portrayal. But her inflections are unmistakable, her imitation of Lawrence just keeps coming out. She should have been a little more Joan Crawford in her performance.

That's a pity too, because apparently Crawford got both Louis B. Mayer and George Cukor to get the film rights to Susan and God in the hope of broadening her range as an actress. I couldn't say she succeeded here.

Fredric March plays her long suffering husband, a likable man driven to drink because of his wife and young Rita Quigley plays her shy daughter who Crawford has no time for. Rita Hayworth, a screen goddess to be, has a small role as a young actress who has married producer Nigel Bruce for her career. You can tell easily she was going to be a star.

Fans of Joan Crawford might like seeing her trying something different, but sad that it wasn't more of her in the role.


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