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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, July 24, 2022

Quote From Today... Suzy (1936)

"Did I remember"

With Jean Harlow.

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

Andre Charville: Did I remember, to tell you, you're delightful, you're everything I want you to be


Andre Charville: You're eyes are lovely, And far beyond comparing, Especially when they're glaring, At me. I can't think up words to say, How swell you are, But I can tell you are, I know so well you are. I started falling, The moment that I saw you, Believe me I adore you, Cherie!

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.