Susan Slade (1961)

116 mins | Melodrama | 1961

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writer:

Delmer Daves

Producer:

Delmer Daves

Cinematographer:

Lucien Ballard

Editor:

William Ziegler

Production Designer:

Leo Kuter

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Carmel and San Francisco, ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Carmel and San Francisco, California. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Delmer Daves Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Sin of Susan Slade by Doris Hume (New York, 1961).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 8 November 1961
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
24 November 1961
Copyright Number:
LP27098
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
116
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After 10 years of service as a mining engineer in Chile, Roger Slade sets sail for Carmel, California, with his wife Leah, and their 17-year-old daughter, Susan. En route, the naive and virginal Susan has an affair with Conn White, a wealthy mountain-climber. Once in Carmel, Susan meets Wells Corbett, the son of her father's employer, and Hoyt Brecker, an aspiring author. Hoyt is embittered by the suicide of his father, who had been convicted of embezzling $10,000 from the Corbett company. On the day of her parents' housewarming party, Susan learns that she is pregnant and sends a frantic wire to Conn. When word arrives that he has been killed while attempting to scale Mount McKinley, the hysterical Susan attempts suicide, but Hoyt rescues her. Susan then informs her parents of her pregnancy, and it is decided that Mr. Slade will take a post in Guatemala and that Mrs. Slade will pretend to be the child's mother. Following the birth of the baby, Mr. Slade dies of a heart attack; and Susan, her mother, and the baby return to Carmel. Tortured by frustration and her own deceit, Susan rejects the marriage proposals of both Hoyt and Wells. A short time later the baby is severely burned in an accident, and Susan breaks down and confesses that she is the child's mother. Stunned by the news, Wells withdraws his offer of marriage. However, when Susan returns home with her baby, Hoyt, who has just sold his first novel, is waiting for ... +


After 10 years of service as a mining engineer in Chile, Roger Slade sets sail for Carmel, California, with his wife Leah, and their 17-year-old daughter, Susan. En route, the naive and virginal Susan has an affair with Conn White, a wealthy mountain-climber. Once in Carmel, Susan meets Wells Corbett, the son of her father's employer, and Hoyt Brecker, an aspiring author. Hoyt is embittered by the suicide of his father, who had been convicted of embezzling $10,000 from the Corbett company. On the day of her parents' housewarming party, Susan learns that she is pregnant and sends a frantic wire to Conn. When word arrives that he has been killed while attempting to scale Mount McKinley, the hysterical Susan attempts suicide, but Hoyt rescues her. Susan then informs her parents of her pregnancy, and it is decided that Mr. Slade will take a post in Guatemala and that Mrs. Slade will pretend to be the child's mother. Following the birth of the baby, Mr. Slade dies of a heart attack; and Susan, her mother, and the baby return to Carmel. Tortured by frustration and her own deceit, Susan rejects the marriage proposals of both Hoyt and Wells. A short time later the baby is severely burned in an accident, and Susan breaks down and confesses that she is the child's mother. Stunned by the news, Wells withdraws his offer of marriage. However, when Susan returns home with her baby, Hoyt, who has just sold his first novel, is waiting for her. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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