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The Affairs of Susan (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 July 1945 (USA)
Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive ... See full summary »


William A. Seiter


Thomas Monroe (screenplay), László Görög (screenplay) (as Laszlo Gorog) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Joan Fontaine ... Susan Darell
George Brent ... Roger Berton
Dennis O'Keefe ... Bill Anthony
Walter Abel ... Richard Aiken
Don DeFore ... Mike Ward
Rita Johnson ... Mona Kent
Mary Field ... Nancy
Byron Barr ... Chick
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Uncle Jemmy
Lewis L. Russell Lewis L. Russell ... Mr. Cusp (as Lewis Russell)


Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive country girl who reluctantly becomes an actress, another paints a picture of a gay party girl and and the third describes a serious intellectual. Which one is the real Susan? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She's so romantic she drives four men frantic! See more »


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Release Date:

8 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chameleon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcast took place in Omaha Sunday 16 November 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), and it soon became a popular local favorite as it was followed by Phoenix 26 February 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), Asheville 31 May 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), Chicago 8 August 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), Grand Rapids 13 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), Milwaukee 20 September 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), Johnstown 19 October 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), Pittsburgh 22 October 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), Seattle 30 October 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7) and Toledo 2 January 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11). See more »


Susan Darell: Earlier I used to dress frivolously, now I dress to attract only one man.
Richard Aiken: Oh Yeah?
Susan Darell: That was truthful, but not honest.
Roger Berton: Double talk
Susan Darell: Not double talk. When a woman dresses to attract all men, it isn't honest but truthful. When she dresses to appeal to only one man, that's not truthful, but it's honest.
Roger Berton: Who is the man?
Susan Darell: What man?
Roger Berton: The man you are dressing honestly for, so that you would not be truthful.
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Try not to fall asleep
16 September 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Walter Abel (Richard) wants to marry Joan Fontaine (Susan). However, he is not comfortable with her past and calls her previous 3 suitors for a meeting. The main part of the film takes place in flashback as George Brent (Roger), Don Defore (Mike) and Dennis O'Keefe (Bill) recount their stories about their life with Fontaine thus far. At the end of the film, who gets the girl…?

The film isn't very interesting – it has a totally unrealistic plot and after 40 minutes, nothing had happened. I wanted to enjoy the film but things just plod along aimlessly. Fontaine finally delivers some funny lines after we hit the flashbacks but it's not enough. All the men are pretty unappealing so we have no-one to root for and just don't care about the outcome. I fell asleep during this. It's too long and boring despite Fontaine's efforts.

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