Born to Love (1931)

79 or 84 mins | Melodrama | 17 April 1931

Director:

Paul L. Stein

Cinematographer:

John Mescall

Editor:

Claude Berkeley

Production Designer:

Carroll Clark

Production Company:

RKO Pathé Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Lost Love. Var suggests that Born to Love was a remake of a silent film made by First National. However, no evidence that the story was previously filmed has been found. Modern sources add the following cast members: Eddy Chandler (Captain Peters), Robert Greig (Hansom cabby), Olaf Hytten (Aide to Major General) and Bill Elliott (Man at hotel desk). ...

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The working title of this film was Lost Love. Var suggests that Born to Love was a remake of a silent film made by First National. However, no evidence that the story was previously filmed has been found. Modern sources add the following cast members: Eddy Chandler (Captain Peters), Robert Greig (Hansom cabby), Olaf Hytten (Aide to Major General) and Bill Elliott (Man at hotel desk).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Jan 1931
p. 7
Film Daily
26 Apr 1931
p. 10
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jan 1931
p. 44
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jun 1931
p. 68
New York Times
25 Apr 1931
p. 25
Variety
29 Apr 1931
p. 37
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lost Love
Release Date:
17 April 1931
Production Date:
began late Jan 1931
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO-Pathé Distributing Corp.
17 April 1931
LP2216
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79 or 84
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In war-torn London, in 1919, Red Cross nurse Doris Kendall meets Captain Barry Craig, an American Army Air Corps officer, and soon falls in love with him. On the night before he is to ship out, Barry proposes marriage, but Doris refuses him, saying that if they marry, she will be sent back to America. Instead, the couple spends the night together and says a hopeful but sad goodbye the next morning. Soon after, Doris receives a letter from Leslie Darrow, Barry's friend, which states that Barry is missing in action and assumed dead. Devastated, Doris finds comfort in her longtime admirer and former patient, Sir Wilfred Drake, who invites her to recuperate at his aunt Agatha and uncle James's country estate. Later, on Armistice Day, Wilfred declares his love and proposes to Doris, who rejects him because she is pregnant by Barry. In spite of Doris' protests, Wilfred insists that they marry, and Doris finally agrees. Soon after the baby is born, Doris, now Lady Drake, receives a phone call from Barry, who has just arrived from France where he had been recovering from a serious war injury. Numb with surprise, Doris goes to see Barry and soon discovers that her love for him still thrives. For the sake of her child, Doris rejects Barry's plea that they run away together and returns to Wilfred. That night, Wilfred, sensing Doris' revived passion, rails against her and decides to divorce her, taking complete custody of the child. Two years later, Doris, who is now living in a roominghouse, receives permission from Wilfred to visit her son. On her way to ...

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In war-torn London, in 1919, Red Cross nurse Doris Kendall meets Captain Barry Craig, an American Army Air Corps officer, and soon falls in love with him. On the night before he is to ship out, Barry proposes marriage, but Doris refuses him, saying that if they marry, she will be sent back to America. Instead, the couple spends the night together and says a hopeful but sad goodbye the next morning. Soon after, Doris receives a letter from Leslie Darrow, Barry's friend, which states that Barry is missing in action and assumed dead. Devastated, Doris finds comfort in her longtime admirer and former patient, Sir Wilfred Drake, who invites her to recuperate at his aunt Agatha and uncle James's country estate. Later, on Armistice Day, Wilfred declares his love and proposes to Doris, who rejects him because she is pregnant by Barry. In spite of Doris' protests, Wilfred insists that they marry, and Doris finally agrees. Soon after the baby is born, Doris, now Lady Drake, receives a phone call from Barry, who has just arrived from France where he had been recovering from a serious war injury. Numb with surprise, Doris goes to see Barry and soon discovers that her love for him still thrives. For the sake of her child, Doris rejects Barry's plea that they run away together and returns to Wilfred. That night, Wilfred, sensing Doris' revived passion, rails against her and decides to divorce her, taking complete custody of the child. Two years later, Doris, who is now living in a roominghouse, receives permission from Wilfred to visit her son. On her way to the estate, Doris meets Barry, who has heard of her divorce, and once again, she rejects him. When she arrives at Wilfred's, however, she finds her son dead and her husband gutted by guilt. After wandering the streets on the verge of suicide, Doris finally ends up in the loving, faithful arms of Barry.

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