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Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931)

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) | 3 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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1933 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Rising to Fame See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$572,638 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$806,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$700,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

When MGM chief Irving Thalberg found that three secretaries in his outer office remembered the 1917 David Graham Phillips novel well even though it had been missing from bookstores for over ten years, he decided to purchase the screen rights as a vehicle for Garbo. See more »

Quotes

Rodney Spencer: You took your time about catching up with me, didn't you.
Susan Lenox: It costs money and I had to work.
Rodney Spencer: Same old trade, huh?
Susan Lenox: Since I last saw you, no man has had a minute from me. Not even a second.
Rodney Spencer: You're lying.
Susan Lenox: No man since then.
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Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

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None But the Lonely Heart
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played as background music during 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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