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Friends and Lovers (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  3 October 1931 (USA)
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British Army captain Geoff Roberts carries on an affair with Alva, the wife of the cruel Victor Sangrito. Sangrito, however, is well aware of the affair, as he uses his beautiful wife to ... See full summary »

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Lili Damita ...
Alva Sangrito
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Lieutenant Ned Nichols
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Victor Sangrito
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McNellis
Frederick Kerr ...
General Thomas Armstrong (as Frederic Kerr)
Blanche Friderici ...
Lady Allice
Vadim Uraneff ...
Ivanoff
Jean Del Val ...
Marquis Henri de Pézanne
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British Army captain Geoff Roberts carries on an affair with Alva, the wife of the cruel Victor Sangrito. Sangrito, however, is well aware of the affair, as he uses his beautiful wife to lure men into romance with her, then blackmailing them to save their careers. When Roberts falls into Sangrito's trap, he pays the blackmail and leaves for India, hoping to forget Alva, whom he loved but now believes betrayed him. After some time in India, he is joined by his young friend and bosom companion Lt. Ned Nichols. Nichols, too, is in love with a woman back in England...the same woman. Though the two friends nearly come to blows over Alva, they eventually realize that she has been false to them both and that their friendship far outweighs their feelings for a mendacious woman. But when the two are invalided home, they encounter Alva again, and learn that she may not have betrayed them after all. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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3 October 1931 (USA)  »

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Wine in the Blood  »

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Nicholls, and later Roberts, quotes "Oh, to be in England now that April's there", which is from "Home Thoughts from Abroad" by Robert Browning (1812-89). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Geoffrey 'Geoff' Roberts: I suppose you will hate me... now.
Mrs. Alva Sangrito: Hate you? I love you more than ever.
[He takes her hand as they gaze into each other's eyes]
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Referenced in The Practice: Friends and Ex-Lovers (2000) See more »

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Rather entertaining Pre-Code Early Talkie
13 September 2003 | by (Santiago de Chile.) – See all my reviews



Lili Damita plays an exotic temptress married to vicious Von Stroheim, who uses her to lure rich men, in order to blackmail them later...He's sort of a higher class pimp, 'cos the guy sort of sells her wife's favors.

Adolphe Menjou and Larry Olivier are two of these men, who happen to be friends. Man-of-the-world Menjou does very well with his role of Captain Richards and a very young and dashing Laurence Olivier, is good as well as the more "naive" guy.

Von Stroheim's short moments on the screen are excellent, because he can portray at very close perfection, that sort of middle european aristocratic decadence. Kudos too, for Hugh Herbert's sympathetic performance as Menjou's valet.

Miss Damita (later to be Mrs. Errol Flynn) has poise but lacks acting talent, but is anyway alluring as the tempting lady.

If you like pre-codes, watch it.


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