Suzy


1h 33m 1936
Suzy

Brief Synopsis

A French air ace discovers that his showgirl wife's first husband is still alive.

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Film Details

Genre
Drama
War
Spy
Adaptation
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Jul 24, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Suzy by Herbert Gorman (New York, 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

On the eve of World War I, Suzy Trent, an American show girl working in London, loses her job when the show closes and resolves to marry an aristocrat. One day, she is bumped by a chauffeur-driven car, and the "lord" offers to give her a ride home, but she soon discovers that he is actually a poor inventor named Terry Moore. Despite Terry's poverty, Suzy falls in love with him, and accompanies him to a factory, where each night he secretly works on his new invention, an airplane stabilizer. When his employer, Mrs. Schmidt arrives, she angrily tells them to leave but does not see Suzy, who has hidden. Suzy then hears Mrs. Schmidt and another woman and man talking in German, but does not understand them. When Terry returns for Suzy, Schmidt sees him and, worried that he knows that they are spies, sweetly offers him a job as plant manager to keep him quiet. An elated Terry then proposes to Suzy, and they quickly marry. When they return to her place to pack, Mrs. Schmidt's female cohort follows them and shoots Terry.

Terrified because Terry appears to be dead and another tenant calls the police to report that Suzy killed him, she runs away. She then goes to Paris to see her friend Maisie and gets a job as a singer in a cabaret. There she meets Andre Charville, an "ace" flyer who is attracted to her. They fall in love that night and immediately marry. One week later, Andre takes her home to his father, the Baron Charville, who is accustomed to Andre's impulsiveness, but is not happy with the marriage. When Andre's leave is suddenly cancelled, Suzy stays at his father's house. Soon her kindness and devotion to Andre impresses the baron and they become very fond of each other. While Andre is acclaimed as a national hero, it becomes apparent that he has been having affairs with other women, particularly a certain Madame Diane Eyrelle. Suzy is miserable without him, and when he gets a leave, his father has to beg him to be kind to Suzy. After Andre returns to the front, Suzy pretends to be happy for the baron's sake and each day reads the supposed contents of Andre's letters to her, even though he never writes.

Meanwhile, in England, Terry, who was only wounded in the shooting, has become successful as the inventor of the stabilizer. As part of his work, he is asked to fly some planes over to Andre, unaware of his connection to Suzy. Because Andre has been wounded, Suzy goes to visit him and she and Terry run into each other in the hospital. They are both shocked, but pretend not to know each other. She later feels that she must tell Andre eveything. When she goes back to Andre's room, she sees him kissing someone, but does not know that the woman is Mme. Eyrelle. Suzy then goes to Terry who is initially angry, but soon promises to set her free from their marriage. When he meets Mme. Eyrelle, neither can remember where they have met before, but later, when Suzy sees a picture of Mme. Eyrelle in a magazine, she recognizes her as the woman at Mrs. Schmidt's factory.

Suzy goes to Terry with the information and he agrees to help her. They then go to Andre, who has recuperated and is visiting Mme. Eyrelle's chateau. When the spy is exposed, one of her followers shoots Andre. Andre then asks Terry to fly his planned mission for him and begs for Suzy's forgiveness before he dies. Terry's mission is a success, but returning to the airfield, his plane crashes near the chateau. Knowing that the baron would be heartbroken to find that his son died because of his involvement with a spy, Suzy convinces Terry to place Andre's body in the plane and make it appear that he has died heroically. A short time later, at a ceremony honoring Andre, a German aviator flies overhead and drops a bouquet of flowers, after which Terry escorts Suzy back to Paris.

Photo Collections

Suzy - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills taken for Suzy (1936), starring Cary Grant and Jean Harlow. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Suzy - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Suzy (1936), starring Cary Grant and Jean Harlow. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
War
Spy
Adaptation
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Jul 24, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Suzy by Herbert Gorman (New York, 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Award Nominations

Best Song

1936

Articles

Suzy


By 1936, Jean Harlow was one of MGM's biggest stars, whose comic turns as brassy, bawdy dames in such films as Red Dust (1932) and Dinner at Eight (1934) were audience favorites. She'd co-starred with some of the studio's biggest stars, and was now big enough in her own right to carry a film, and to show her versatility in dramatic roles. In Suzy (1936), her second drama in a row, Harlow plays an American showgirl in Europe during World War I who gets involved with Irishman Franchot Tone and Frenchman Cary Grant, not to mention assorted spies, flying aces, and all sorts of intrigue.

The script for Suzy had a lot of fingerprints on it. The legendary wit Dorothy Parker and her husband Alan Campbell had written a version, as had several others. Cary Grant, up-and-coming but not yet a major star, was loaned by Paramount to MGM for this film, and he was so unhappy with the script that he refused to do the film. Enter writer Lenore Coffee, who offered to make whatever changes Grant wanted. The two of them locked themselves into a hotel room and rewrote the script. The final version, while still heavy on melodrama and plot complications, had some lightness and charm, particularly during the romantic scenes between Grant and Harlow. It also had an Oscar-nominated song, "Did I Remember?" warbled by Grant and (a dubbed) Harlow. And it had some exciting aviation scenes, recycled from the Howard Hughes film, Hell's Angels (1930), which had provided Harlow with her first important film role.

While praising Harlow's performance in Suzy, most critics echoed Richard Watts, Jr.'s review in the New York Herald Tribune: "I will go on screaming in my customary wilderness that it is a great shame to waste Miss Harlow in such a role, when she should be exercising her vast gifts as a half-sophisticated, half-innocent comic." The studio paid attention, and her remaining films would all showcase her comic talents. Tragically, there would only be three more. Harlow died in June of 1937, at the age of 26.

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Producer: Maurice Revnes
Screenplay: Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Horace Jackson, Lenore Coffee, based on the novel by Herbert Gorman
Editor: George Boemler
Cinematography: Ray June
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo, Edwin B. Willis
Music: Dr. William Axt; song, "Did I Remember?" by Walter Donaldson, Harold Adamson
Cast: Jean Harlow (Suzy Trent), Franchot Tone (Terry Moore) Cary Grant (Andre Charville), Benita Hume (Mme. Diane Eyrelle), Lewis Stone (Baron Charville).
BW-94m.

by Margarita Landazuri
Suzy

Suzy

By 1936, Jean Harlow was one of MGM's biggest stars, whose comic turns as brassy, bawdy dames in such films as Red Dust (1932) and Dinner at Eight (1934) were audience favorites. She'd co-starred with some of the studio's biggest stars, and was now big enough in her own right to carry a film, and to show her versatility in dramatic roles. In Suzy (1936), her second drama in a row, Harlow plays an American showgirl in Europe during World War I who gets involved with Irishman Franchot Tone and Frenchman Cary Grant, not to mention assorted spies, flying aces, and all sorts of intrigue. The script for Suzy had a lot of fingerprints on it. The legendary wit Dorothy Parker and her husband Alan Campbell had written a version, as had several others. Cary Grant, up-and-coming but not yet a major star, was loaned by Paramount to MGM for this film, and he was so unhappy with the script that he refused to do the film. Enter writer Lenore Coffee, who offered to make whatever changes Grant wanted. The two of them locked themselves into a hotel room and rewrote the script. The final version, while still heavy on melodrama and plot complications, had some lightness and charm, particularly during the romantic scenes between Grant and Harlow. It also had an Oscar-nominated song, "Did I Remember?" warbled by Grant and (a dubbed) Harlow. And it had some exciting aviation scenes, recycled from the Howard Hughes film, Hell's Angels (1930), which had provided Harlow with her first important film role. While praising Harlow's performance in Suzy, most critics echoed Richard Watts, Jr.'s review in the New York Herald Tribune: "I will go on screaming in my customary wilderness that it is a great shame to waste Miss Harlow in such a role, when she should be exercising her vast gifts as a half-sophisticated, half-innocent comic." The studio paid attention, and her remaining films would all showcase her comic talents. Tragically, there would only be three more. Harlow died in June of 1937, at the age of 26. Director: George Fitzmaurice Producer: Maurice Revnes Screenplay: Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Horace Jackson, Lenore Coffee, based on the novel by Herbert Gorman Editor: George Boemler Cinematography: Ray June Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo, Edwin B. Willis Music: Dr. William Axt; song, "Did I Remember?" by Walter Donaldson, Harold Adamson Cast: Jean Harlow (Suzy Trent), Franchot Tone (Terry Moore) Cary Grant (Andre Charville), Benita Hume (Mme. Diane Eyrelle), Lewis Stone (Baron Charville). BW-94m. by Margarita Landazuri

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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter on November 24, 1934, M-G-M purchased Herbert Gorman's novel shortly its after publication for $15,000. News items in Hollywood Reporter from May through September 1935 note that Philip Wylie was the first writer assigned to work on the script, successively followed by John C. Higgins, Herman Mankiewicz, Erskine Gwynne and Ernest Vajda. None of these writers are credited onscreen, in reviews or in Screen Achievements Bulletin, and the extent of their participation in the released film has not been determined. According to Screen Achievements Bulletin, William Anthony McGuire was a contributing writer, but did not want to be credited. A Hollywood Reporter news item on July 3, 1936 noted that Doris Lind had been engaged by M-G-M to write new scenes for the picture after unfavorable out-of-town previews convinced studio executives to reshoot portions of it. Norbert Brodine was borrowed from Universal to shoot the added scenes because cameraman Ray June was ill. A Hollywood Reporter news item in March 1936 mentioned that Clark Gable was initially to star in the picture. Suzy was the only film in which Cary Grant and Jean Harlow appeared together. The scene in which Harlow's character sings "Did I Remember" and is joined by Grant's character, is frequently shown in documentaries about their respective careers.

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Released in United States 1936

Released in United States 1936