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Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
is a 1931 American pre-Code film starring Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
and Clark Gable, based on the novel by David Graham Phillips. The film was made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
and was directed and produced by Robert Z. Leonard. This was the only film in which Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
was paired with Clark Gable. The notoriety of the novel alone was enough for British censors to ban it from release. With a few cuts, it was finally approved in the UK with a new title: The Rise of Helga.[3]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast (in credits order) 3 Box office 4 References 5 External links

Plot[edit]

Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
and Clark Gable
Clark Gable
in Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)

Helga Ohlin (Greta Garbo) is an illegitimate child born and raised in an abusive home. Her uncle, Karl Ohlin (Jean Hersholt), arranges for her to marry a lout, Jeb Mondstrum (Alan Hale), but she runs away and meets Rodney Spencer (Clark Gable), an architect who is renting a cabin down the road from her family's farm. When Rodney leaves the cabin, her father and Jeb find her. She runs away again and hops onto a train that has just embarked. She enters a room filled with a circus troupe. She joins them as a dancer, but writes letters to Spencer to meet her in Marquette; she now has been given the name of "Susan Lenox". While the police search for her on the train, the leader of the circus group, Wayne Burlingham (John Miljan), hides her in his quarters and then takes advantage of her. She meets Rodney in Marquette, but they have a misunderstanding, because of her indiscretions with Burlingham, and he leaves. She runs away to New York and becomes the mistress of Mike Kelly (Hale Hamilton), a politician. At a dinner party at Kelly's penthouse, Mrs. Lenox invites Spencer, falsely concerning a new contract for him. He arrives not knowing the woman he is to meet, but they have another misunderstanding, and he once again leaves. Susan desperately goes to Spencer's home, but finds that he has left without telling where. She vows to search for him, and eventually she ends up in Puerto Sacate of South America working as a dancer in a dance hall. There, she is romanced by an American, Robert Lane (Ian Keith), who arrives by yacht and wants to take her away with him and marry her. But, Susan yearns to meet-up with Spencer and vows to "rise or fall alone." A barge with men working in the swamps arrive at the port, and a group of them, including Spencer, disembark and arrive at the dance hall. Susan and Spencer meet, and after some arguing, they finally end up rekindling their relationship. Cast (in credits order)[edit]

Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
as Susan Lenox Clark Gable
Clark Gable
as Rodney Spencer Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
as Karl Ohlin John Miljan
John Miljan
as Wayne Burlingham Alan Hale as Jeb Mondstrum Hale Hamilton
Hale Hamilton
as Mike Kelly Hilda Vaughn as Astrid Russell Simpson as Doctor Cecil Cunningham
Cecil Cunningham
as Madame Panoramia/Pansy Ian Keith
Ian Keith
as Robert Lane

Box office[edit] According to MGM records the film made $806,000 in the US and Canada and $700,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $364,000.[2] References[edit]

^ Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise), online-literature.com; accessed August 8, 2015. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles, California: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study  ^ Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise), tcm.com; accessed August 8, 2015.

External links[edit]

Susan Lenox on IMDb Susan Lenox at AllMovie Susan Lenox at the TCM Movie Database

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The films of Robert Z. Leonard

The Master Key (1914) Judge Not; or The Woman of Mona Diggings (1915) Secret Love (1916) The Plow Girl (1916) On Record (1917) A Mormon Maid
A Mormon Maid
(1917) The Primrose Ring (1917) At First Sight (1917) Face Value (1918) The Bride's Awakening (1918) Danger, Go Slow
Danger, Go Slow
(1918) The Delicious Little Devil
The Delicious Little Devil
(1919) The Miracle of Love (1919) April Folly
April Folly
(1920) The Restless Sex
The Restless Sex
(1920) The Gilded Lily (1921) Heedless Moths
Heedless Moths
(1921) Peacock Alley (1922) Fascination (1922) Broadway Rose (1922) Jazzmania
Jazzmania
(1923) Mademoiselle Midnight
Mademoiselle Midnight
(1924) Circe, the Enchantress
Circe, the Enchantress
(1924) Cheaper to Marry (1925) Time, the Comedian (1925) Bright Lights (1925) Dance Madness
Dance Madness
(1926) Mademoiselle Modiste (1926) The Waning Sex
The Waning Sex
(1926) A Little Journey (1927) The Demi-Bride
The Demi-Bride
(1927) Adam and Evil (1927) Tea for Three (1927) Baby Mine (1928) The Cardboard Lover (1928) A Lady of Chance
A Lady of Chance
(1928) Marianne (1929, silent) Marianne (1929, musical) The Divorcee
The Divorcee
(1930) In Gay Madrid (1930) Let Us Be Gay (1930) The Bachelor Father
The Bachelor Father
(1931) Five and Ten (1931) It's a Wise Child (1931) Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
(1931) Lovers Courageous (1932) Strange Interlude (1932) Peg o' My Heart (1933) Dancing Lady
Dancing Lady
(1933) Outcast Lady
Outcast Lady
(1934) After Office Hours
After Office Hours
(1935) Naughty Marietta (1935) Escapade (1935) A Tale of Two Cities (1935) The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
(1936) Piccadilly Jim (1936) Maytime (1937) The Firefly (1937) The Girl of the Golden West (1938) Broadway Serenade
Broadway Serenade
(1939) New Moon (1940) Pride and Prejudice (1940) Third Finger, Left Hand
Third Finger, Left Hand
(1940) Ziegfeld Girl (1941) When Ladies Meet (1941) We Were Dancing (1942) Stand By for Action
Stand By for Action
(1942) The Man from Down Under
The Man from Down Under
(1943) Marriage Is a Private Affair
Marriage Is a Private Affair
(1944) Week-End at the Waldorf
Week-End at the Waldorf
(1945) The Secret Heart (1946) Cynthia (1947) B.F.'s Daughter (1948) The Bribe
The Bribe
(1949) In the Good Old Summertime (1949) Nancy Goes to Rio
Nancy Goes to Rio
(1950) Duchess of Idaho
Duchess of Idaho
(1950) Grounds for Marriage
Grounds for Marriage
(1951) Too Young to Kiss
Too Young to Kiss
(1951) Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) The Clown (1953) The Great Diamond Robbery (1953) Her Twelve Men
Her Twelve Men
(1954) The King's Thief (1955) Beautiful but Dang

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