3 user

Lena Rivers (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 October 1932 (UK)
Young Lena Rivers, who was born out of wedlock, goes to live with a rich uncle. Unfortunately, her uncle's wife and daughter make no secret of their dislike of Lena and that they don't want her in their family.



(novel), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Raffles (1930)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "... See full summary »

Directors: George Fitzmaurice, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast
Stars: Ronald Colman, Kay Francis, David Torrence
Gun Play (1935)
Mystery | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A cowboy comes to the aid of a lady rancher threatened by Mexican bandits who believe there is a treasure buried on her land.

Director: Albert Herman
Stars: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Marion Shilling, Frank Yaconelli
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Mona Stewart, madcap, spoiled daughter of a wealthy man, becomes upset when she learns that her father is engaged to a woman she hates. She runs away, via various modes of transportation, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: David Manners, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Dorothy Libaire
Her Mad Night (1932)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A woman is accused of murdering a man who molested her young daughter.

Director: E. Mason Hopper
Stars: Conway Tearle, Irene Rich, Mary Carlisle
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A group of strangers are brought together in an old, dark house and must contend with two murders and $50,000 in stolen money.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: George Zucco, Wanda McKay, Noel Madison
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young boy starts at Rugby boarding school. He is tormented by Flashman, the school bully.

Director: Gordon Parry
Stars: John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, John Charlesworth
Love at Sea (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Adrian Brunel
Stars: Rosalyn Boulter, Carl Harbord, Frank Birch


Complete credited cast:
Morgan Galloway ...
Grandmother Nichols
John Nichols
Mrs. Mathilda Nichols
Caroline Nichols
Grandfather Nichols
John Larkin ...
Lucifer 'Lucy' Jones
The Kentucky Singers ...
Choir Singers (as the Kentucky Jubilee Singers)


Lena Rivers ('Charlotte Henry'), born in New England under clouded parentage, robbed of her mother at birth, transplanted with her grandmother(Beryl Mercer) to her uncle's plantation in Kentucky, suffered to remain there out of pity and constantly taunted by her cousin, Caroline (Joyce Compton),finds a friend in Henry Graham (James Kirkwood), the owner of the adjoining plantation. Graham's ward, Dorrie (Morgan Galloway), is the apple of Caroline's eye, but he seems to prefer Lena's company to Caroline's, is another discord in the harmony of the home. When Caroline sees Dorrie kiss Lena goodnight she flaunts her with the information that Lena's mother was never married, Lena's cup of bitter tea is filled to overflowing, and a hatred in her heart for her unknown father grows. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Drama | Romance


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

3 October 1932 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Sin of Lena Rivers  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecasts on the West Coast took place in San Francisco Thursday 31 July 1952 on KRON (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Thursday 5 March 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »


Version of Lena Rivers (1914) See more »


[link=nm0288062] Songs
Sung by Clarence Muse and The Kentucky Jubilee Singers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Pleasant and Miss Henry did a nice job.
13 July 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When this film begins, a woman has just died after giving birth to a child--and the woman was apparently not married, or, if she was, no one knows who the father is. Because of this, the baby (Lena) is brought up by her grandparents. But when her grandfather dies, the grandma and Lena are in need of a home and are forced to seek a home from the grandma's son in Kentucky--a son who is weak and married to an awful woman and together they have an awful daughter. In many ways, it's a like "Cinderella"--with the pair being forced to live with a nasty lady and her nasty daughter. The nastiness gets worse when a handsome neighbor starts showing attention to Lena--mostly because Lena is a sweet young woman and her cousin is a nasty thing! What's next for Lena now that her uncle, aunt and cousin make it apparent she isn't wanted? And, who IS Lena's father and where is he now?

There is a lot to like and hate about this one. I noticed one person gave it a 10, but I am just not as forgiving. On the plus side, Charlotte Henry WAS very good in the lead and the script was generally very nice. Overall, I did enjoy the film. But, on the other hand, the film wasn't always so expertly crafted--such as the sloppily made drunk driving scene and a bit of the acting here and there was only fair. Plus, some will blanch (and rightly so) due to one bit of dialog. While looking at the black people signing, Lena asks "Are they really as happy as they seem?"--at which point, the guy responds "Happy as children!". Surely this will induce a few cringes!!

By the way, in addition to the title "Lena Rivers", the film also is known as "The Sin of Lena Rivers" and it sure makes this nice movie sound like an exploitation film--which it's NOT!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: