If You Knew Susie

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"If You Knew Susie" is the title of a popular song written by Buddy DeSylva[1] and Joseph Meyer.[2] It was published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. in 1925. In the largely comic song, a man sings that he knows a certain woman named Susie to be much wilder and more passionate than most people realize.

The song, which was originally written for Al Jolson, became Eddie Cantor's best-known success of the 1920s, recorded on April 6, 1925 [3] and the bestseller for five weeks during the year.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

  • A film by the same name, starring Cantor, was released in 1948.
  • The song is sung by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in the film Anchors Aweigh (1945).
  • Ruth Cracknell sings the song is several episodes of the television series Mother and Son.
  • The melody is used as a musical theme in the film The Affairs of Susan (1945).
  • The song is arranged and performed by John Serry Sr. and his ensemble for RCA Victor on "RCA Thesaurus" (1954).
  • The song was used in the 1966 film “The Silencers,” the first of several spy thriller/spoof movies starring Dean Martin as Secret Agrnt Matt Helm. In the opening scenes of the movie, Martin’s character “thinks” an altered version of the lyrics, as he imagines romancing one of the film’s several lovely ladies. Dino’s entertaining rendition of the song (with the accurate lyrics) also appeared on the movie’s soundtrack album. (1966)


  1. ^ "Composers-Lyricists Database, Biography: Buddy DeSylva". Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  2. ^ "Composers-Lyricists Database, Biography: Joseph Meyer". Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  3. ^ CD liner notes: Sony Music 100 years: Soundtrack for a Century: Pop Music: The Early Years 1890 - 1950, Columbia, Epic, Legacy, 1999
  4. ^ CD liner notes: Chart-Toppers of the Twenties, 1998 ASV Ltd.