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Friends and Lovers (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 October 1931 (USA)
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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(novel) (as Maurice DeKobra), (adaptation)
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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
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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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Drama | Romance

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3 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wine in the Blood  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The line, 'Oh, to be in England/ Now that April 's there...', is from "Home-Thoughts, from Abroad", a poem by Robert Browning, published in 1845. 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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Turgid love-hate under the Indian sun...
17 July 2000 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful pre-code pot-boiler with sterling performances from it's lead players, plenty of action and the man "You Love to Hate" Eric von Stroheim, at his most repellent best.

Look out for the outstanding shower scene for Lilly Damita, and listen to the sonorous magic of Laurence Olivier's voice, both reason enough to watch this little-known piece.

At 64 minutes, the most fun you can have in an hour of black and white.


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