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|Directed by||Phil Rosen|
|Written by||Stuart Anthony|
Warren B. Duff
|Based on||novel, Lena Rivers by Mary Jane Holmes c.1856|
|Produced by||Samuel Bischoff|
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||Maurice Wright|
Martin G. Cohn
|Distributed by||Tiffany Pictures|
|March 28, 1932|
October 3, 1932(UK)
Lena Rivers, aka The Sin of Lena Rivers, is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film directed by Phil Rosen based on the 1856 novel by Mary Jane Holmes. Filmed on several occasions throughout the silent era.
Lena's mother dies at her birth, and she is raised by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols. Lena doesn't have a father. While a teen, Mr. Nichols dies and Lena and her grandmother go to live with her uncle and the son of the grandmother in Kentucky. John's wife, Matilda, is not at all happy about their coming, and holds it against Lena that she was born out of wedlock. John's daughter, Caroline, thinks Lena is "common" and doesn't include her socially. At their arrival they meet a neighbor, Mr. Graham, who takes an obvious interest in Lena.
Mr. Graham, while showing Lena his horses, explains to Lena that she reminds him of a girl he was in love with a long time ago. But he lost that girl, while he was gone, and who thought he had left her. Turns out Lena has natural abilities with horses when she is able to calm a frisky horse, Brimstone. Mr. Graham gives Brimstone to Lena. Lena becomes friends with Mr. Graham's ward, Durrie.
Mr. Graham and Lena become good friends, and it turns out, that Mr. Graham is Lena's father. He is afraid to tell her, because Lena has learned to hate the father she's never known. In order to help her financially, Mr. Graham fixes a race so that Brimstone wins. Grammy dies, leaving Lena feel all alone. But she isn't alone-- Mr. Graham is actually Lena's father. Conflicts are resolved and happy endings prevail.
- Charlotte Henry - Lena Rivers
- Morgan Galloway - Durrie Belmont
- Beryl Mercer - Grandmother Nichols
- James Kirkwood - Henry R. Graham
- John St. Polis - John Nichols
- Betty Blythe - Mrs. Mathilda Nichols
- Joyce Compton - Caroline Nichols
- Russell Simpson - Grandfather Nichols
- Clarence Muse - Curfew
- John Larkin - Lucifer 'Lucy' Jones
- The Kentucky Singers - Choir Singers (*Kentucky Jubilee Singers)
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