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Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 October 1931 (USA)
Fleeing her cruel uncle and an arranged marriage Susan Lenox falls in love with a kind stranger but circumstances force her to become a woman of easy virtue.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writers:

Leon Gordon (dialogue), David Graham Phillips (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Helga aka Susan Lenox
Clark Gable ... Rodney Spencer
Jean Hersholt ... Karl Ohlin
John Miljan ... Burlingham
Alan Hale ... Jeb Mondstrum
Hale Hamilton ... Mike Kelly
Hilda Vaughn ... Astrid Ohlin
Russell Simpson ... Doctor
Cecil Cunningham ... Madame Panoramia aka Pansy
Ian Keith ... Robert Lane
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Storyline

Susan, an orphan, lives the life of Cinderella with rustic relatives. She escapes one stormy night when the fiance her relatives chose tries to force his attentions. Rodney, an architecht, is the prince who rescues her, but he has to take a trip and the wicked relatives catch up with her again. Her next rescuer is a tatooed lady in a circus who can't save her from the circus manager. Rodney shows up and dismisses her as a fallen woman. Susan moves up in the world to the penthouse of a politician who can offer a construction contract to Rodney. Rodney says no and flees to the jungle with Susan in pursuit. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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She sought the sweet fruits of living, snatching at each bit of happiness....what if the world did call her bad. (Print Ad- Niagra Falls Gazette, ((Niagra Falls, NY)) 5 November 1931)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) See more »

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Budget:

$572,638 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In the UK, British censors banned the film outright upon it's release on the basis of the novel upon which it was made. However, after some editing, it was approved under a new title, "The Rise of Helga". See more »

Goofs

(around 29 mins 50 seconds) When Susan Lenox uses the horses and buggy to escape from Ohlin, she is in a frenzy driving the horses standing up and behind the seat but when she arrives at the train station she is sitting down. See more »

Quotes

Circus barker: [Pointing out a scantily clad, exotic, possibly Hindu, dancing girl to the crowd] She might be a little dark, but she'll be a bright spot in your memories.
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Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars: The Lion's Roar (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.6 in B- 'Pathétique' Op.74
First movement (Adagio)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts Played as background musicduring Mike's party
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Doomed Love
27 February 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The bastard orphan Helga Ohlin (Greta Garbo) has been abused by her uncle since she was a child. When she becomes a woman, he arranges her marriage with the alcoholic Jeb Mondstrum (Alan Hale). In a stormy night, Jed tries to rape Helga but she flees from home and hides in a garage to protect from the rain. The engineer Rodney Spencer (Clark Gable) meets Helga and brings her home. They have a love affair but when Rodney travels to Detroit in a six-day trip, her uncle and Jeb find her. Helga escapes again and hides in a train, where she meets an itinerant circus troupe and is invited to join the group. Without any money and with the police seeking her, Helga accepts the invitation adopting the alias Susan Lenox. She is forced by the circus manager Wayne Burlingham (John Miljan) to have a love affair with him. When Rodney finally finds her, he discovers that Wayne is her lover. He calls her gutter girl and leaves Helga. She travels to New York and becomes the mistress of the politician Mike Kelly (Hale Hamilton). Meanwhile Rodney is invited to a dinner party in Mike's house and Susan humiliates him. Rodney leaves the apartment and Susan regrets and tries to fond him. However he has left New York and Susan seeks him out? Will they meet each other again?

"Susan Lenox" is a Pre-Code film with a heartbreaking story of a woman that is forced to separate from her true love and becomes an easy woman to survive. Greta Garbo has another wonderful performance and shows a great chemistry with Clark Gable. The conclusion with an open end is a great moment of this film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Susan Lenox"


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