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Susan Lenox <Her Fall and Rise> (1931)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  10 October 1931 (USA)
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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.

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John Miljan ...
Burlingham
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Jeb Mondstrum
Hale Hamilton ...
Mike Kelly
Hilda Vaughn ...
Mrs. Astrid Ohlin
Russell Simpson ...
Doctor
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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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Release Date:

10 October 1931 (USA)  »

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Rising to Fame  »

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$572,638 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film marked the only teaming of Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, when she was an established star and he a promising young actor whom the studio had just signed. Reportedly, they did not get along well, Garbo considering Gable vulgar and he seeing her as stuck-up and remote. See more »

Quotes

Susan Lenox: [Running after Rodney] Let me explain. I don't know what will become of me if you leave me.
Rodney Spencer: I'll tell you what'll become of you. You'll go from one man to the other just like every other woman in the gutter...
Susan Lenox: Gutter?
Rodney Spencer: Yes!
Susan Lenox: All right, but I'll make it a worthwhile gutter. I always hated men until I met you... hated them! From now on it'll be different.
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Soundtracks

Overture to Romeo and Juliet
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played over the opening credits
Reprised as background music during Mike's party
Played at the end
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Garbo rises above all else
17 August 2001 | by (Washington state) – See all my reviews

This film is noteworthy because of the unique, mysterious, and wonderful screen presence of Greta Garbo. She is thoroughly convincing as the vulnerable young woman at the beginning of the film, and as her character becomes more worldly but still vulnerable she remains convincing. Occasionally she might lapse into acting that would seem to the modern viewer to be overly dramatic, but overall she is brilliant. Clark Gable is okay, but the construction of the film from a plot standpoint left something to be desired. Some things needed to be explained better. This seems to be a common problem with many early sound films as most of the 1928-31 sound films that I have seen are at times disjointed, leaving the viewer wondering why something occurred. That said, I recommend this film because of Garbo.


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