Susan and God (1940)
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as Susan Trexel
as Barry Trexel
as Blossom Trexel
as Clyde Rochester
as Leonora Stubbs
as Hutchins Stubbs
as Michael O'Hara
as Irene Burrows
as Oliver Leeds
as Lady Wiggam
as Cowboy Joe
as Sam, the Bartender
as Cab Driver
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Odd film especially for a Crawford vehicle about a shallow socialite who takes up religion on a whim with an overly simplistic ending. Suffers from not having anyone to really root for outside the minor character of the main character's daughter Blossom. Both Joan and March's characters are selfish and for the most part thoughtless fools. This was the screen debut, in a wordless bit, of Susan Peters and Dan Dailey in a slightly larger part. Also keep a sharp eye out for Joan Leslie and Gloria De Haven in tiny parts just starting out. Someone who has a larger part and actually attracted quite a bit of notice in it moving her forward to larger parts than she had been cast previously is Rita Hayworth. She's ravishing although not quite fully arrived at her star persona just yet. Still a brunette she handles her small supporting role well injecting a touch of pathos into a sketchily drawn part.
We all like to have some place to go...
Susan Trexel is a wealthy house wife that lives the high life. She takes exotic trips around the world and comes back from one of these trips super religious. She believes god wants her divorced and to head down a new path. Her husband thinks she's crazy and the divorce tears him apart. Will Susan find her calling?
"I forgive you darling and I know you forgive me."
George Cukor, director of My Fair Lady, The Philadelphia Story, Adam's Ribs, A Star is Born, Wild is the Wind, Rich and Famous, and Born Yesterday, delivers Susan and God. The storyline for this picture and the main character is fairly annoying. The acting is just okay and the cast includes Joan Crawford, Fredric March, Rita Hayworth, Nigel Bruce, Bruce Cabot, and Ruth Hussey.
"Ask God to help you. He knows what your temptations was..."
This was recently on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for the Halloween season so I had to record it (I enjoy most Joan Crawford pictures). This was just okay and a bit annoying at times. I wouldn't go too out of my way to see this.
"I hope you have the headache you deserve."
Interesting story and role for Joan Crawford, but at the same time, Joan was perfect for the disguised "born again" woman. I really liked Fredric March in this one, his character seemed to give the movie its emotional moments. Great supporting cast, lead by Rita Hayworth and Ruth Hussey, and the first half of the movie really relies on those supporting roles and they didn't disappoint.
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