Friends and Lovers (1931)

60 or 68 mins | Romance | 3 October 1931

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HISTORY

The working titles of the film were Wine in the Blood and The Sphinx Has Spoken . Some reviews credit Jane Murfin as either the sole adaptor or the co-adaptor (with credited writer Wallace Smith) of Maurice Dekobra's novel. According to modern sources, the film lost $260,000 at the box ... More Less

The working titles of the film were Wine in the Blood and The Sphinx Has Spoken . Some reviews credit Jane Murfin as either the sole adaptor or the co-adaptor (with credited writer Wallace Smith) of Maurice Dekobra's novel. According to modern sources, the film lost $260,000 at the box office. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Film Daily
8 Nov 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 31
p.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
15 Aug 31
p. 31.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Nov 31
p. 76.
New York Times
7 Nov 31
p. 16.
Variety
10 Nov 31
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Wine in the Blood
The Sphinx Has Spoken
Release Date:
3 October 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 October 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2535
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In London, British army officer Captain Geoffrey Roberts falls in love with the beautiful, exotic Alva Sangrito, unaware that she is married and that her husband Victor is a coldhearted blackmailer. Although Alva has been a willing lure in Victor's blackmailing schemes, she realizes that she has fallen in love with Geoffrey and tries to resist her husband's plotting. After paying Victor £5,000 to keep quiet about his affair with Alva, Geoffrey leaves London for India, where he is assigned to command a remote British outpost. Soon after his arrival, Geoffrey is joined by his close friend, Lieutenant Ned Nichols, an energetic junior officer, and while discussing their recent lives, both former playboys reveal that they are now deeply in love with a beautiful woman. Later, Geoffrey discovers Alva's portrait in Ned's room and confronts him about it. Shocked by the coincidence, Ned accuses Geoffrey of lying about the nature of his relationship with Alva and storms away in a fury. That night, news of a bandit raid arrives, and Geoffrey puts aside his anger and offers Ned the chance to command an emergency expedition. When Ned fails to return, Geoffrey rides after him, risking his life to save his friend. Reconciled, Geoffrey and Ned bravely burn Alva's photograph and swear their allegiance to each other. Meanwhile, when a lovesick Alva refuses to participate further in Victor's blackmailing of Geoffrey, she is beaten brutally. Distressed by Alva's screams, the sympathetic butler shoots and kills Victor. Months later, during their leave in London, the two heartbroken friends attend a weekend party, where they are surprised by the appearance of Alva and her aristocratic ... +


In London, British army officer Captain Geoffrey Roberts falls in love with the beautiful, exotic Alva Sangrito, unaware that she is married and that her husband Victor is a coldhearted blackmailer. Although Alva has been a willing lure in Victor's blackmailing schemes, she realizes that she has fallen in love with Geoffrey and tries to resist her husband's plotting. After paying Victor £5,000 to keep quiet about his affair with Alva, Geoffrey leaves London for India, where he is assigned to command a remote British outpost. Soon after his arrival, Geoffrey is joined by his close friend, Lieutenant Ned Nichols, an energetic junior officer, and while discussing their recent lives, both former playboys reveal that they are now deeply in love with a beautiful woman. Later, Geoffrey discovers Alva's portrait in Ned's room and confronts him about it. Shocked by the coincidence, Ned accuses Geoffrey of lying about the nature of his relationship with Alva and storms away in a fury. That night, news of a bandit raid arrives, and Geoffrey puts aside his anger and offers Ned the chance to command an emergency expedition. When Ned fails to return, Geoffrey rides after him, risking his life to save his friend. Reconciled, Geoffrey and Ned bravely burn Alva's photograph and swear their allegiance to each other. Meanwhile, when a lovesick Alva refuses to participate further in Victor's blackmailing of Geoffrey, she is beaten brutally. Distressed by Alva's screams, the sympathetic butler shoots and kills Victor. Months later, during their leave in London, the two heartbroken friends attend a weekend party, where they are surprised by the appearance of Alva and her aristocratic French fiancé. After rejecting Alva's vows of love, Geoffrey assures a jealous Ned that he no longer loves the widow and reaffirms his commitment to their friendship. When Ned later finds Alva in Geoffrey's arms, however, he threatens them with a gun and, in his rage, fires at them. Startled by his own violence, Ned finally accepts Alva's true love for Geoffrey and, just as Alva is about to depart from their lives, releases Geoffrey by telling him that love for a woman is more important than friendship. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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