Suzy (1936 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||George Fitzmaurice|
|Produced by||Maurice Revnes|
|Written by||Herman Gorman (novel)
Lenore J. Coffee
|Music by||William Axt|
|Editing by||George Boemler|
|Distributed by||Metro Goldwyn Mayer|
|Release dates||July 20, 1936|
|Running time||93 min|
Suzy is a 1936 drama film starring Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, and Cary Grant. The film was partially written by Dorothy Parker and directed by George Fitzmaurice, based on a novel by Herman Gorman. The Oscar-nominated theme song, "Did I Remember?", was sung by Virginia Verrill (uncredited).
In 1914, American showgirl "Suzy" Trent (Jean Harlow) is in London, looking for romance and meets and marries Irish engineer and inventor Terry Moore (Franchot Tone). The couple stumble on a German plot and her husband is shot by Madame Diane Eyrelle (Benita Hume), a mysterious spy. Fearing she will be implicated in Terry's death, Suzy flees to Paris as World War I begins.
In the cabaret where she works, Suzy meets famed French ace Capt. Andre Charville (Cary Grant) who immediately falls in love with her. Their sudden marriage is not welcomed at first by his aristocratic father, Baron Edward Charville (Lewis Stone) but Suzy cares for him as her husband goes to the front. After he is wounded, Suzy goes to his side but finds that her first husband who survived his shooting, is delivering new British fighters to Andre's squadron. She also discovers Andre has been unfaithful and the beautiful woman who has been caring for him was the German spy she saw in London.
In a confrontation with the spy and her henchman, Andre is killed but Terry flies his dangerous mission, taking revenge on the spy and the German fighters who had planned to ambush Andre. His crash landing back at the spy's chateau ends with Andre's dead body being placed next to his aircraft. At the funeral that follows, even German flyers pay homage and Terry is ordered to see the ace's widow back home to Paris.
- Jean Harlow as Suzanne "Suzy" Trent
- Franchot Tone as Capt. Terry Moore
- Cary Grant as Capt. Andre Charville
- Lewis Stone as Baron Edward Charville
- Benita Hume as Madame Diane Eyrelle
- Reginald Mason as Captain Barsanges
- Inez Courtney as Maisie aka "Frostbite"
- Greta Meyer as Mrs. Schmidt
- David Clyde as Knobby McPherson
- Christian Rub as "Pop" Gaspard, the Pianist
- George Spelvin as Gaston
- Una O'Connor as Mrs. Bradley, Suzy's Landlady
- Theodore von Eltz as Revue Producer
- Dennis Morgan as Lieutenant Charbret (actor credit shown as Stanley Morner)
Dorothy Parker was notable as one of the screenwriting team, with much of the early scene's witty dialogue attributed to her. Harlow's cabaret song, Walter Donaldson and Harold Adamson's "Did I Remember (To Tell You I Adored You)" was dubbed by vocalist Virginia Verrill who also had dubbed for her in Reckless (1935). Grant, who replaced Clark Gable as the third lead, also sang a few bars of the song. Other songs included: "When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose" and "Under the Bamboo Tree", uncredited but sung by Verrill.
In order to film the aerial sequences, footage was leased from Howard Hughes and one scene was directly lifted from Hell's Angels (1930), which had been Harlow's break-through film. A number of aircraft were prominently seen, including Andre's S.E.5 fighter, German Fokker D.VII and Thomas-Morse S-4 fighters as well as a rare Sikorsky S-29-A airliner filling in as a German Gotha bomber.
Although Harlow dominates the film, it is not considered one of her finest with a mundane plot and only the Grant and Tone roles being notable. Critic Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times considered it hackneyed, "...it plunges across the screen, creates some mild excitement and careens out again, leaving us with a few esthetic bruises and a feeling that a little fresh air would do no harm." 
Walter Donaldson (music) and Harold Adamson (lyrics) were nominated in the category, Best Music, Original Song for the song "Did I Remember" at the 1937 Academy Awards.
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