Suzy (1936): Romantic Triangle, Starring Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Cary Grant

MGM’s Suzy stars Jean Harlow, then at the prime of her career, and the young and very handsome Cary Grant, just before he became a major star.

The tale, directed by George Fittzmaurice, finds American showgirl Suzy in London, circa 1914. She loves Irish inventor Terry (Franchot Tone) who works for an engineering firm owned by a German woman. After their marriage Terry, is murdered and Suzy flees to Paris where she meets flyer Andre (Cary Grant).

Well, it turns out that Suzy’s husband, thought to be dead, is not.  Thus, various complications, none too interesting, ensue, when he shows up.

At least four writers worked on the script, which may explain why the narrative is so diffuse and the movie so shapeless.  They are: Dorothy Parker, Alan, Campbell, Horace Johnson, and Lenore Coffee.

“Suzy” is one of Harlow’s last films; she died the following year from poisoning.

The movie is also known for featuring a singing Cary Grant, here delivering some bars of the song,” Did I Remember,” music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Harold Adamson, which was nominated for an Oscar.

Harlow’s voice was dubbed by Virginia Verrill who also had dubbed for her in Reckless in 1935.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Song: ”Did I Remember,” music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Harold Adamson

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Song Oscar was the classic tune, “The Way You Look Tonight,” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, from the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers RKO musical, “Swing Time.”