Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)

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Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
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Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Produced by Robert Z. Leonard
Written by David Graham Phillips
Screenplay by Leon Gordon
Zelda Sears
Edith Fitzgerald
Wanda Tuchock
Based on novel 
by David Graham Phillips, Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1912)[1]
Starring Greta Garbo
Clark Gable
Jean Hersholt
Alan Hale
Music by William Axt
Leo F. Forbstein
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Margaret Booth
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September 10, 1931 (1931-09-10)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $580,000[2]
Box office $1,506,000[2]

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.[3]


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)[edit]

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]


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  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
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