Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
|Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)|
|Directed by||Robert Z. Leonard|
|Produced by||Robert Z. Leonard|
|Written by||David Graham Phillips|
|Screenplay by||Leon Gordon
by David Graham Phillips, Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1912)
|Music by||William Axt
Leo F. Forbstein
|Cinematography||William H. Daniels|
|Edited by||Margaret Booth|
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) is a 1931 film starring Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, based on the novel by David Graham Phillips. The film was made by MGM and was directed and produced by Robert Z. Leonard. This was the only film in which 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.
Helga Ohlin (Greta Garbo) is an illegitimate child raised in an abusive home. Her family 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 joins a circus as a dancer; she now calls herself Susan Lenox. She meets Rodney, but they have a misunderstanding and he leaves. She runs away to New York and becomes the mistress of Mike Kelly (Hale Hamilton), a politician; she meets Rodney again, but they have another misunderstanding and split. Susan then searches and finds him in South America, and finally they end up together.
Cast (in credits order)
- Greta Garbo as Susan Lenox
- Clark Gable as Rodney Spencer
- Jean Hersholt as Karl Ohlin
- John Miljan as Burlingham
- Alan Hale as Jeb Mondstrum
- Hale Hamilton as Mike Kelly
- Hilda Vaughn as Mrs Astrid Ohlin
- Russell Simpson as Doctor
- Cecil Cunningham as Madame Panoramia / Pansy
- Ian Keith as Robert Lane
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.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Susan Lenox at the Internet Movie Database
- Susan Lenox at AllMovie
- Susan Lenox at the TCM Movie Database