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Suzy (1936)





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Suzy is the film in which Cary Grant, overcome by the beauty and vivacity of Jean Harlow, sings her a love ballad! This lighthearted moment aside, Suzy, adapted from a novel by Herbert Gorman is a standard-issue love triangle, set against the tapestry of World War I. Harlow plays a London showgirl, married to Irish engineer Franchot Tone. When foreign spy Benita Hume shoots Tone, mistaking him as a threat against her mission, the terrified Harlow flees into the night, certain that she will be accused of her husband's murder. After the war breaks out, Harlow, believing herself a widow, falls in love with handsome aviator Cary Grant. She marries the well-bred but irresponsible young ace, only to discover that Tone has not been killed after all! This being an idealized World War I film, somebody is going to end up sacrificing his/her life on behalf of somebody else, but we're not about to reveal any more.


Jean Harlow
as Suzy Trent
Franchot Tone
as Terry Moore
Cary Grant
as Andre Charville
Benita Hume
as Mme. Diane Eyrelle
Lewis Stone
as Baron Charville
Reginald Mason
as Capt. Barsanges
Greta Meyer
as Mrs. Schmidt
David Clyde
as Knobby McPherson
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Mrs. Boggs
Tyler Brooke
as Raoul the Airman
Dennis Morgan
as Lt. Charbret
Christian Rub
as Pop Gaspard the Pianist
Luana Walters
as Check Room Girl
George Davis
as Bartender
Frank Dawson
as Albert the Butler
Theodore von Eltz
as Suave Producer of Revue
Una O'Connor
as Mrs. Bradley the Landlady
Forrester Harvey
as Counter Man
John Rogers
as Counter Man
Harry Cording
as Chauffeur
Tempe Piggott
as Old Woman
Hugh Huntley
as Adjutant
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Critic Reviews for Suzy

All Critics (4)

Jean Harlow gives a straightforward and engaging performance, and Suzy won't bore you.

August 8, 2019 | Full Review…

A lively romantic comedy that turns into a thrilling espionage thriller.

August 26, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The stars outshine the material.

January 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One of Jean Harlow's last pictures, this romantic comedy-melodrama places her between Franchot Tone and Cary Grant.

April 27, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Suzy


This movie is all over the map. The casting couch, racetrack gambling, whirlwind romance, espionage, cold blooded murder, some songs (including Cary Grant briefly singing), adultery, fiery crashes, aerial dogfighting, and a good dose of melodrama besides. I like Jean Harlow and she's effective at making us care for her character in this film, conveying a sense of sweetness and vulnerability while at the same time being a bit of a gold-digger initially. Unfortunately, her acting is sorely lacking in several scenes. She's better in 'Libeled Lady' and 'Wife vs. Secretary', both of which were also made in 1936, and in many of her other roles. Franchot Tone's Irish accent comes and goes somewhat comically, but he's also likeable, and had some nice banter with Harlow. It's interesting to see Cary Grant as an aerial ace and obnoxious playboy, though it's kind of funny to think he's supposed to be French. The real trouble, though, is the film is a not well executed mix of romance, drama, and comedy. Such a combination is difficult, and while it strikes the right balance in first half hour, it goes downhill from there, with plot holes and some pretty ridiculous scenes. You can definitely do better.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

Super Reviewer


Jean & Cary make an odd team in this, one of Harlow's last films. It's an okay drama but Jean was always best in comedies.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Another great movie from Jean Harlow. Sucha shame that she died so young. She was soo talented. I also really enjoyed Franchot Tone in this movie. He was very enjoyable. Perhaps a bit predictable but I like it.

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

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