Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise

Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise

Greta Garbo
Director: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
, Clark Gable
Clark Gable
, Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
Robert Z. Leonard


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It was once theorized by critic Andrew Sarris that this 1931 Greta Garbo vehicle was subtitled "Her Fall & Rise" rather than the expected "Rise & Fall," because Hollywood--and by extension, the public--could not tolerate a failure. Whatever the case, modern audiences will latch onto Susan Lennox not because of its cumbersome title but because of its one-time-only pairing of Garbo and Clark Gable. Fleeing an arranged marriage with Alan Hale, Sr.,, Swedish farmer's daughter Garbo takes temporary refuge in a cabin in the woods, occupied by engineer Gable. Though it is love at first sight, Garbo hastily runs out of Gable's life when her uncle and her betrothed show up. Again a fugitive, Garbo joins a seedy carnival, becoming the kept woman of carney owner John Miljan. By chance, she is reunited with Gable, who spurns her because of her tawdry station in life. Years pass: Garbo has worked her way up the courtesan ladder, becoming the mistress of politician Hale Hamilton. This relationship comes to a sudden halt thanks to Hamilton's muckraking enemies, so it's back to the road for Garbo, who by now will settle for no man but her long-lost Gable. The protagonists finally manage bury the past in the jungle community where the drink-sodden Gable has retreated to "lose himself." Greta Garbo's performance in Susan Lennox: Her Fall and Rise is up to standard, but Clark Gable seems extremely uncomfortable, almost as if suffering an impacted molar. The film was adapted by four screenwriters from a novel by David Graham Phillips.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2011
UPC: 0883316310670
Original Release: 1931
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:16:00
Sales rank: 26,661

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Susan Lenox
Clark Gable Rodney
Jean Hersholt Ohlin
John Miljan Burlingham
Alan Hale Mondstrum
Hale Hamilton Mike Kelly
Hilda Vaughn Astrid
Russell Simpson Doctor
Cecil Cunningham Mme. Panoramia
Ian Keith Robert Lane
Helene Millard Actor
Theodore Von Eltz Actor
Marjorie King Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director,Producer
Margaret Booth Editor
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Edith Fitzgerald Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Leon Gordon Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Zelda Sears Screenwriter
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Wanda Tuchock Screenwriter

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