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If You Knew Susie

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Wikipedia article

"'If You Knew Susie'" is the title of a popular song written by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Meyer. 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, 1925CD liner notes: Sony Music 100 years: Soundtrack for a Century: Pop Music: The Early Years 1890 - 1950, Columbia, Epic, Legacy, 1999 and the bestseller for five weeks during the year.CD liner notes: Chart-Toppers of the Twenties, 1998 ASV Ltd. Years later, Jolson told Cantor "If I knew it was that good, you dog, I'd never have given it to you!".

In popular culture

* Eddie Cantor (Buddy Doyle) sings this in 'The Great Ziegfeld' (1936).

* The melody is used as a musical theme in the film 'The Affairs of Susan' (1945).

* The song is sung as 'If You Knew Susie As We Know Susie' by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in the film 'Anchors Aweigh' (1945) with more scandalous lyrics where "She's not choosy".

* The song is sung in 'Ziegfeld Follies' (1946).

* A film by the same name, starring Cantor, was released in 1948.

* The song is sung in the biopic 'The Eddie Cantor Story' (1953).

* 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 films starring Dean Martin as Secret Agent Matt Helm. In the opening scenes of the movie, Martins character thinks an altered version of the lyrics, as he imagines romancing one of the films several lovely ladies. Martins rendition of the song (with the accurate lyrics) also appeared on the movies soundtrack album.

* In the film 'Arthur', Dudley Moore sings the trope If you knew Susan like I know Susan.... Susan was Moores characters unfated bride.

* Ruth Cracknell sings the song in several episodes of the television series 'Mother and Son'.

* The song is sung by Adam Driver in the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' (2018).


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