Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931)

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On the run from an enforced marriage, a young woman's ill-fated romance with a moral-minded engineer extends over years as she goes from carnival chippie to politician's mistress, eventually winning back the man who truly matters. Sexual tensions abound in this one-time teaming of icons Clark Gable and Greta Garbo.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Romance
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MGM

Cast

Greta Garbo
as Susan Lenox
Clark Gable
as Rodney Spencer
Jean Hersholt
as Karl Ohlin
Ian Keith
as Robert Lane
John Miljan
as Burlingham
Alan Hale
as Mondstrum
Hale Hamilton
as Mike Kelly
Hilda Vaughn
as Astrid
Cecil Cunningham
as Mme. Panoramia
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Critic Reviews for Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise

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Full Review… | October 29, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A second-tier Garbo potboiler is still worth watching, even if the plot is preposterous, plus it's the only film the Divine made with the then rising star, Clark Gable.

Full Review… | January 6, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

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Full Review… | May 27, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise

½

Garbo and Gable's personalities are like oil and water but they look good together and the film is entertaining of its type.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Susan Lenox: Her Rise and Fall (1931) This really early talkie stars Greta Garbo as the Cinderella-like Helga. She runs away from her father, Karl Ohlin (Jean Hersholt) when she's promised to Jeb Mondstrum (Alan Hale Sr.) While on the run she meets and falls in love with a young construction engineer, Rodney Spencer (Clark Gable). When Rodney leaves on business, Helga has to flee from her father and joins the circus. (WTF?) and to be the plaything of the owner, Burlingham (John Miljan). Of course on Rodney's return, he's crushed to learn what terrible things his girl has done and is doing and scorns her. Later, Helga has taken on the name Susan Lenox and has become the mistress of a rich politician Hale Hamilton (Mike Kelly). However, when she learns that Rodney is working in South America, she rejects all and travels down to see him and try to re-unite. Garbo plays her typical suffering, victimized, misunderstood character, who falls, rises to prominence, and then chooses to fall again for the man she loves, but I guess that her fans wouldn't have it any other way.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

I have a long history with this movie. The first few times I saw it, I didn't like it. But the more I watched it, the more I started to really get it. Initially, I thought that the filmmakers were trying to paint this really messed up relationship as being healthy and wonderful in the end. But I slowly started to realize that wasn't the case at all. This is a movie about two people so damaged that the only way they know how to work is by hurting each other. It's pretty advanced stuff for 1931, and definitely something that would have been able to be made outside of the code. Really, looking at Garbo's filmography, she played some very complicated and messed up characters.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

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