Susan and God (1940)

115 or 117 mins | Drama | 7 June 1940

Director:

George Cukor

Writer:

Anita Loos

Producer:

Hunt Stromberg

Cinematographer:

Robert Planck

Editor:

William Terhune

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , M-G-M paid $75,000 for the rights to the Rachel Crothers play. Another item in HR notes that Greer Garson was originally slated for the title role in the picture. Columbia loaned Rita Hayworth to M-G-M for this picture, according to a news item in HR . The Var review notes that this picture marked Fredric March's return to the screen after a year and a half absence, during which time he was performing on the stage. A HR news item adds that technical advisor Cece Broadhurst was a Canadian singing cowboy. According to a HR news item, the film was banned by Australian censors until 1948, when it was released under the title The Gay Mrs. Trexel . In 1951, ABC produced a television version of the play on the Celanese Theatre directed by Alex Segal and starring Pamela Brown and Albert Dekker, and in 1956, NBC produced another version of the play on Matinee Theatre , adapted by Lawrence Hazard and starring Sarah ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , M-G-M paid $75,000 for the rights to the Rachel Crothers play. Another item in HR notes that Greer Garson was originally slated for the title role in the picture. Columbia loaned Rita Hayworth to M-G-M for this picture, according to a news item in HR . The Var review notes that this picture marked Fredric March's return to the screen after a year and a half absence, during which time he was performing on the stage. A HR news item adds that technical advisor Cece Broadhurst was a Canadian singing cowboy. According to a HR news item, the film was banned by Australian censors until 1948, when it was released under the title The Gay Mrs. Trexel . In 1951, ABC produced a television version of the play on the Celanese Theatre directed by Alex Segal and starring Pamela Brown and Albert Dekker, and in 1956, NBC produced another version of the play on Matinee Theatre , adapted by Lawrence Hazard and starring Sarah Churchill. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
31 May 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Jun 40
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 40
pp. 12-13.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Mar 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Oct 48
p. 10.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Jun 40
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
4 May 40
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jun 40
p. 36.
New York Times
12 Jul 40
p. 11.
Variety
5 Jun 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Susan and God by Rachel Crothers, as produced by John Golden (Princeton, New Jersey, 10 Apr 1937).
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 June 1940
Production Date:
Began 10 February 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 June 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9703
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
115 or 117
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6246
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Barrie Trexel rushes to the docks to meet his estranged wife Susan when he learns that she is returning home from Europe. Susan, who wants a divorce from Barrie, a man driven to drink by his wife's insensitivity, avoids him and takes refuge at the country home of her friend, Irene Burroughs. There, Susan begins spouting the religious fadism that she has picked up from Lady Millicent Wigstaff, and urges her friends to be honest about their relationships. While Susan insists that Irene and her lover Mike are unsuited for each other and that the beautiful young Leonara should leave her elderly husband Hutchie and return to the stage, Barrie appears and begs his wife's forgiveness. Barrie pleads with Susan to heed her own words and give him another chance for the sake of their daughter Blossom, offering to grant Susan a divorce if he takes another drink. Certain that Barrie will be unable to keep his part of the bargain, Susan agrees. Gradually, Susan comes to realize that her daughter really needs her, but when Lady Wigstaff summons Susan to Newport on the day of Blossom's big birthday party, Susan decides to go. Susan's selfishness prompts Barrie to begin drinking again, and he asks Charlotte, an old friend who has always loved Barrie, to marry him. At the railroad station, Susan realizes that she has acted selfishly and that the love of her family is the most important thing in her life, and she returns home. Charlotte, realizing that Susan still loves Barrie, rejects his proposal, and Susan begs Barrie for another ... +


Barrie Trexel rushes to the docks to meet his estranged wife Susan when he learns that she is returning home from Europe. Susan, who wants a divorce from Barrie, a man driven to drink by his wife's insensitivity, avoids him and takes refuge at the country home of her friend, Irene Burroughs. There, Susan begins spouting the religious fadism that she has picked up from Lady Millicent Wigstaff, and urges her friends to be honest about their relationships. While Susan insists that Irene and her lover Mike are unsuited for each other and that the beautiful young Leonara should leave her elderly husband Hutchie and return to the stage, Barrie appears and begs his wife's forgiveness. Barrie pleads with Susan to heed her own words and give him another chance for the sake of their daughter Blossom, offering to grant Susan a divorce if he takes another drink. Certain that Barrie will be unable to keep his part of the bargain, Susan agrees. Gradually, Susan comes to realize that her daughter really needs her, but when Lady Wigstaff summons Susan to Newport on the day of Blossom's big birthday party, Susan decides to go. Susan's selfishness prompts Barrie to begin drinking again, and he asks Charlotte, an old friend who has always loved Barrie, to marry him. At the railroad station, Susan realizes that she has acted selfishly and that the love of her family is the most important thing in her life, and she returns home. Charlotte, realizing that Susan still loves Barrie, rejects his proposal, and Susan begs Barrie for another chance. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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