Cukor’s first of two collaborations with Joan Crawford was this daring tragicomic study of a society woman whose frivolous, self-satisfied tendencies take on a dangerous tint when she falls under the sway of a popular religious cult. Inspired by Frank Buchman’s influential Moral Re-Armament movement and based on a hit Broadway play by Rachel Crothers, Susan and God found Cukor nimbly treading the line between light comedy and social critique. (“If you really look at anything,” he’d later say, “there’s always a comic note. A painful note too.”) Watch for a brief but prominent appearance by then-rising star Rita Hayworth, on loan from her contract at Fox.

  • Directed By George Cukor
  • 1940
  • USA
  • 35mm
  • 117 minutes