Suzy

This is a story where one has love, marriage, accusations of murder, falling in love with another man, World war and reuniting with ex-lover. In fact on second glance it is indeed a movie that contains lot of themes tied by a heavy screenplay and we have George Fitzmaurice’s drama ‘Suzy’.
Title protagonist Jean Harlow is an entertainer who dreams big of marrying a rich guy. Luck has it; she falls in love with an inventor Terry (Franchot Tone) in London. This was the time when the World War I was in progress. Early days of marriage, Suzy’s husband discovers her employer to be a German spy and is killed by Madame Eyrelle (Benita Hume) after he becomes aware of her true identity (spy). The blame is put on Suzy and to avoid imprisonment, she flees to Paris.

Part two of the story takes place when she encounters Andre (Cary Grant), French aviator and a famous playboy. Suzy falls in love with Andre and they both decide to get married. Love is a strange thing and the reciprocations didn’t seem to be present, although they both seem to like each other a lot. Expectations I suppose. Andre was the son of a rich French celebrated hero. Palatial place to live, often Suzy is found alone in Andre’s absence. Andre’s father ensures Suzy is well taken care and very soon they become quite good pals. She writes letters under the pretext of Andre to keep the old man going. Part Three of the movie – Surprise, Surprise. Terry is alive (he was severely wounded not killed) and more so he is a buddy of Andre. Terry is livid to hear about Suzy and he blames her nature of being a gold digger. He questions her decision to leave him and flee. She takes it as a sponge would soak water without disclosing the accusations she had to bear for his supposedly murder.
Part Four shows – Once a playboy, you remain one throughout. Andre’s fascination and slip for women is exploited by Madame Eyrelle, now in need to know more on the war plans through Andre. Surprisingly Terry and Madame do not recognise each other when they bump into each other. Damage had been done before Madame Eyrelle’s true identity is revealed to Andre. He is killed and Terry dons the plane of Andre’s and fights it out ensuring enemies have none of it.

Part five – A celebrity burial is provided to Andre as Suzy strongly believed, any disclosure of the truth would hurt the sentiments of Andre’s father. Andre is seen as a war hero who sacrificed his life for his country, where in fact his behaviour was close to being detrimental to his country. Suzy and Terry re unite and there ends this drama.The movie has a song “Did I remember” which was nominated for Best Original song Oscar which otherwise is tailor made for Jean Harlow.
Released in 1936, the war flying scenes from this movie were actually the out takes from the 1930 super hit Howard Hughes movie ‘Hells Angels’. The screenplay written by four writers is infact inspired by Herbert Gorman ‘s write up on the newspaper.

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