Showing posts with label Franchot Tone. Show all posts
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Monday, July 24, 2023

Suzy (1936)

      "...his talents for varied characterizations have been recognized, and in each new venture he makes good."

With Jean Harlow and Franchot Tone.

Suzy - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):

"Romance, drama, war, espionage, Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Cary Grant, ample production and the direction of George Fitzmaurice - such are the ingredients of Suzy, compounded on the Metro lot and soon to be turned loose on the world at large.  It will give satisfaction.  We could wish for less talking than it contains, and a greater reliance on the camera in developing the psychological phases of the story, but as we seem doomed to have such pictures until Hollywood learns how to use the microphone, we will be lucky if we get none less entertaining than this well-made Metro offering.  

The chief merit of the excellently written script is the businesslike manner in which the story is told, the contrasting elements being woven into an easily flowing narrative free from non-essentials.  There are intensely dramatic moments as well as some melodramatic physical thrills.  The picture, in fact, has something of everything in it, being fashioned in a manner that should make it satisfactory entertainment for any kind of audience, and as no picture can be better than its direction, we may credit Fitzmaurice with having done a most creditable job.  Praise is due Ray June for photography of distinction. 

Performances are excellent.  Jean Harlow at all times is in compete command of her role which runs the gamut from light comedy to stark tragedy.  I do wish, however, that they would do something with Jean's eyebrows.  The thin, pencilled lines, resembling eyebrows seen only in caricatures, caught my attention when she first appeared, and thereafter I could not keep my eyes off them.

Franchot Tone grows in stature with his every performance.  Always the perfect gentleman, intelligent, personable, never in word or gesture does he suggest the actor.  Cary Grant, too, is something more than just a leading man.  Since his outstanding performance in Sylvia Scarlett, his talents for varied characterizations have been recognized, and in each new venture he makes good.  Here we have him as a philandering aviation hero, a part to which he does full justice.  Benita Hume is effective as a war spy. 

The final scene in the picture as I saw it is the only story weakness.  Grant has been killed and the scene shows us his funeral.  We hear a long eulogy which robs the scene of the impressiveness it would have had if its treatment had been more intelligent.  There is no reason why we should hear the words of praise accorded the dead hero.  A long shot to establish the fact of the speech being made, appropriate music to make it reasonable we should not hear the speech, close shots to register the emotions of some of the mourners, and sympathetic camera treatment of the entire sequence, would have made it a great screen moment.  We can expect such blundering just as long as producers are governed by their obsession that the microphone is their principal tool.  Here they use it to commit a cinematic crime. 

- Hollywood Spectator

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 23 - Suzy (Lobby Card Style)

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Sunday, December 25, 2022

Quote From Today... Every Girl Should be Married (1948)

"How in the world did Eve ever get Adam..."

With Franchot Tone.

Every Girl Should be Married was Cary Grant's 53rd full length feature film.

Dr. Madison Brown: How in the world did Eve ever get Adam when she had no other woman to help her with the subtle little touches?

Friday, December 25, 2020

On This Day...Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)

 Yes, that's right, on today's date in 1948, Cary Grant's 53rd film Every Girl Should Be Married was released.


Living in the big city, Anabel Sims (Betsy Drake), a shop girl at Roger Sanford and Co. Department Store, has matrimony at the front of her mind. It is love at first sight for her when she spots esteemed pediatrician and confirmed bachelor Dr. Madison W. Brown(Cary Grant). Anabel plans to have a potential suitor in name only, make Madison believe that he has competition in garnering her affections. 

The name she comes up with is Roger Sanford, the owner of the department store. Complications ensue when Roger does actually get involved in Anabel's personal life, he a thrice married and currently single playboy who generally does fall for women if he knows someone else is after them, such as an esteemed pediatrician.

With Franchot Tone.

"Grant, Tone and Diana Lynn all contribute their share of humor to the better moments of this contrived and over-cute business." - Newsweek.

"Newcomer Betsy Drake seems to have studied, but not learned, the tricks and inflections of the early Hepburn. Her exaggerated grimaces supply only one solid laugh - when Hero Grant mimics them cruelly and accurately. In the past, Cary Grant has shown a talent for quietly underplaying comedy. In this picture, he has trouble finding comedy to play." - Time Magazine.

With Betsy Drake.

Did You Know?

Love interests in this film, Cary Grant and Betsy Drake tied the knot in real life less than a year after the film was released.

Film debut of Betsy Drake.

Howard Hughes became so involved in this production it prompted RKO production head Dore Schary to resign. Hughes also allowed Cary Grant to re-write much of the script to put more emphasis on Drake's character. And, according to Mark Eliot's biography of Grant, Hughes even allowed him to essentially direct Drake's scenes.

Barbara Bel Geddes was the first choice for Anabel.


 Cary Grant ... Dr. Madison Brown
 Franchot Tone ... Roger Sanford
 Diana Lynn ... Julie Howard
 Betsy Drake ... Anabel Sims
 Alan Mowbray ... Mr. Spitzer
 Elisabeth Risdon ... Mary Nolan
 Richard Gaines ... Sam McNutt
 Harry Hayden ... Gogarty
 Chick Chandler ... Soda Clerk
 Leon Belasco ... Violinist
 Fred Essler ... Pierre
 Anna Q. Nilsson ... Saleslady

Lobby Cards:

International Posters:

"Every Girl Wants a Husband" - Italian.

Directed by Don Hartman.
Distributed by RKO Radio.
Running time: 84 minutes.

Friday, July 24, 2020

On This Day...Suzy (1936)

Suzy was Cary Grant's 23rd full length feature film.

Cary Grant plays Andre Charville, a famous French aviator, who marries a showgirl, Suzy(Jean Harlow). Suzy has fled to France after her Husband, Terry Moore(Franchot Tone) is killed...or was he?

With Jean Harlow as Suzy.

"Performances are excellent...Cary Grant, too, is something more than just a leading man. Since his outstanding performance in Sylvia Scarlett, his talents for varied characterizations have been recognized, and in each new venture he makes good." - Hollywood Spectator

With Jean Harlow and George Davis.

"Direction by George Fitzmaurice is brilliant, and he has had the foresight to insist on new treatment for scenes which, otherwise, would be much like dozens of scenes in dozens of other spy and war films." - Literary Digest

With Franchot Tone and Jean Harlow.


Suzy                            Jean Harlow
Terry                           Franchot Tone
Andre                         Cary Grant
Baron                          Lewis Stone
Madame Eyrelle          Benita Hume
Captain Barsanges       Reginald Mason
Maisie                         Inez Courtney
Mrs. Schmidt               Greta Mayer
"Knobby"                     David Clyde
"Pop" Gaspard             Christian Rub
Gaston                        George Spelvin
Landlady                    Una O'Connor
Producer                     Charles Judels
Revue producer           Theodore Von Eltz
Officer                        Stanley Morner

Publicity photograph with Jean Harlow and Franchot Tone.

Lobby Cards:

Directed by George Fitzmaurice.
Distributed and Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Running time: 95 minutes.

With Jean Harlow.