Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 1934

Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray. Saw "I Am Suzanne" this p.m.

I Am Suzanne!
Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars Lilian Harvey, Gene Raymond and Leslie Banks
Genre: Musical, Romance
Running Time: 98 minutes

Plot Summary:

In a plotline curiously similar to the much-later Lili, Harvey is cast as Suzanne, a crippled dancer
in love with young, self-involved puppeteer Tony (Gene Raymond), who finds it easier to talk
to his wooden-headed creations than to human beings. Growing jealous of her puppet "rivals,"
 Suzanne actually shoots a puppet designed in her image -- which leads to a bizarre dream
sequence, in which the heroine is put on trial by the King and Queen of Puppet Land (played by
Podrecca's Piccoli Marionettes). In time, Suzanne recovers from her lameness and enjoys a
happily-after-ever denouement with Tony, no thanks to her Svengali-like manager Baron (Leslie Banks).

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