Susan Slade (1961)

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Premarital sex, secrets, and society. At 17, shy Susan Slade is on her way to California after a ten-year stay at a remote Chilean mine where her father was chief engineer. Onboard ship, ... See full summary »




  • John A. Alonzo and Lloyd Nolan in Susan Slade (1961)
  • Troy Donahue and Connie Stevens in Susan Slade (1961)
  • David L. Davis in Susan Slade (1961)
  • Connie Stevens in Susan Slade (1961)
  • Connie Stevens and Grant Williams in Susan Slade (1961)
  • Bert Convy in Susan Slade (1961)

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7 February 2001 | moonspinner55
| Keep that lighter away from the baby!
Sincere, sometimes campy drama from director Delmer Daves (sort of the stepchild to his more-popular "A Summer Place" and "Parrish") wherein young Susan has a baby out of wedlock and her mother poses as the infant's mother, causing jealousy and friction between the two. Beautifully shot by Lucien Ballard (a great choice for a location-rich film such as this), it moves along at a fast clip and has lots of high drama. Connie Stevens isn't Meryl Streep, and she jumps from different emotions with too practiced a speed, but I loved her acting in the hospital waiting room when she comes clean in front of Mama, and I really bought her romance with scowling Troy Donahue. As the elders, Lloyd Nolan and Dorothy McGuire are exceptional, as is the production design (featuring a gorgeous ocean-front home in Monterey). The infrequent voice-over narration (first by Nolan and then later by Stevens) is an intrusion--who are they talking to?--and there's a silliness inherent in the trappings of the plot that render it dated, but I did find myself thinking about it days afterward. As sudsers go, it's first-rate. ***1/2 from ****

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Release Date:

8 November 1961


English, Spanish

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Filming Locations

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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