Susan Slade

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Susan Slade
Directed by Delmer Daves
Produced by Delmer Daves
Screenplay by Delmer Daves
Based on The Sin of Susan Slade
1961 novel 
by Doris Hume
Starring Connie Stevens
Troy Donahue
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by William H. Ziegler
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
November 8, 1961
Running time
116 min.
Country United States
Language English

Susan Slade is a 1961 American Technicolor drama film released by Warner Bros. The film was directed by Delmer Daves and stars Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens. The screenplay was based upon the 1961 novel The Sin of Susan Slade (1961) by Doris Hume.


The plot revolves around a naive 17-year old girl, Susan Slade (Connie Stevens), who becomes pregnant during a shipboard romance with Conn White, a mountain climber (Grant Williams). Her parents decide that it is best for Susan to allow them to pass the baby off as theirs to protect her reputation. Feeling helpless, Susan reluctantly agrees to pretend to be the baby's older sister. Later, two suitors, Hoyt Brecker (Troy Donahue) and Wells Corbett (Bert Convy) court Susan, not knowing that she is a mother. Susan increasingly struggles with the lie she is living with and finds it difficult to keep up the charade especially with the new love in her life.



Film rights to the novel were originally bought by Edward Small who announced he intended to film it in February 1960. He subsequently sold the rights to Warner Bros who allocated the project to Delmer Daves; he used Troy Donahue and Dorothy McGuire, who had just appeared in Daves' A Summer Place.[1]

Filming took place in late 1960.

The film marked Bert Convy's film debut.[2]


  1. ^ WESTERN THEATRE GROWS AT U.C.L.A.: University Seeks to Become Legitimate Stage Center for Coast Audiences By MURRAY SCHUMACHSpecial to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 07 Oct 1960: 31.
  2. ^ Renee Is a Clown But an Actress Too Dorothy Kilgallen:. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 17 Dec 1960: D14.

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