If You Knew Susie

Overview

Hoping for a success commensurate with his previous Show Business 1945, comedian Eddie Cantor poured a lot of his own money into the RKO Radio musical If You Knew Susie. Cantor and his Show Business co-star Joan Davis are reteamed herein as ex-vaudevillians Sam and Susie Parker, who retire to a small and rather cloistered New England town. Faced with the snobbery of the local "aristocracy," Sam and Susie come to believe that they aren't worthy of their new neighbors, nor of their own children. All this changes ...
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Overview

Hoping for a success commensurate with his previous Show Business 1945, comedian Eddie Cantor poured a lot of his own money into the RKO Radio musical If You Knew Susie. Cantor and his Show Business co-star Joan Davis are reteamed herein as ex-vaudevillians Sam and Susie Parker, who retire to a small and rather cloistered New England town. Faced with the snobbery of the local "aristocracy," Sam and Susie come to believe that they aren't worthy of their new neighbors, nor of their own children. All this changes when the Parkers find a document signed by George Washington bestowing $50,000 on one of Sam's forebears! According to the government, Sam and Susie are now owed several billion dollars interest. Sam patriotically refuses to accept the money, thereby becoming a national hero -- but not before a plenitude of comic plot twists involving gangsters Sheldon Leonard and Joe Sawyer. Cast as the Parkers' daughter Marjorie is "newcomer" Margaret Kerry, who'd actually been in films since 1936 as child actress Peggy Lynch. One of the musical highlights in If You Knew Susie is a clip from Show Business, featuring Cantor, Davis, George Murphy and Constance Moore.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Eddie Cantor's days as a motion picture star were over by the time If You Knew Susie rolled around. Cantor rarely appeared in what could really be called a "good" film; most of them were simply vehicles for his pop-eyed persona, existing on paper thing plots that served no purpose other than to give him a chance to strut his stuff. Susie is no real exception; the problem is that by 1948, the formula had grown too weary and Cantor's antics had grown too familiar. There's a little more effort in Susie to be a bit more logical, a tad more methodical in the plotting; that's good, but what was really needed as more inventiveness. Susie isn't a bad film, mind you; as a matter of fact, there are several gags that are quite amusing, and the musical numbers are diverting and pleasing. We've just been there a few too many times. Still, for those who love Cantor, there's plenty of him to provide ample rewards. He's also well teamed with Joan Davis, who gives him a run for his money in the comedy department, and the supporting cast is filled with able character actors who help keep things hopping.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2010
  • UPC: 883316262498
  • Original Release: 1948
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,792

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Cantor Sam Parker
Joan Davis Susie Parker
Allyn Joslyn Mike Garrett
Charles Dingle Mr. Whitley
Phil Brown Joe Collins
Sheldon Leonard Steve Garland
Joe Sawyer Zero Zantini
Douglas Fowley Marty
Margaret Kerry Marjorie Parker
Dick Humphreys Handy Clinton
Howard Freeman Mr. Clinton
Mabel Paige Grandma
Sig Rumann Count Alexis
Fritz Feld Chez Henri
Isabel Randolph Mrs. Clinton
Bobby Driscoll Junior
Don Beddoe Editor
George Chandler Reporter
Robert Clarke Orchestra Leader
Ellen Corby Woman
Mary Field Telephone Operator
Charles Halton Pringle
Eddie Hart Burly Man
Harry Harvey Sedley
Earl Hodgins Auctioneer
Tom Keene Graham
Donald Kerr Window Washer
John Farrell MacDonald Policeman
Addison Richards Senator
Jason Robards Sr. Ogleby
Joseph Sauer Zero Zantini
Sid Saylor Proprietor of Pet Shop
Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director, Screenwriter
James Altwies Set Decoration/Design
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
Ralph Berger Art Director
Oscar Brodney Screenwriter
Eddie Cantor Producer
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild Score Composer
Philip Martin Editor
Charles O'Curran Choreography
Bud Pearson Screenwriter
Frank Redman Cinematographer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Lester A. White Screenwriter
Warren Wilson Screenwriter
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