Son of India (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  1 August 1931 (USA)
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A wealthy Indian jewel merchant and an American woman fall in love, only for her family to stand in their way of getting married.



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William Darsay
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Mrs. Darsay
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John Miljan ...
Nigel De Brulier ...
Rao Rama (as Nigel deBrulier)


Karim, a collector of jewels, is one of the richest men in Bombay, which belies his humble beginnings and being poor as little as ten years ago. His wealth was derived from a diamond he received from his jewel merchant father, who was killed by marauding bandits because of the jewels in his possession. Twice, ten years ago, Karim was saved from people who would kill, steal or lie to get the diamond. His two saviors were an Indian holy man, and an American tourist. When Karim and American tourist Janice Darsey meet, it is mutual love at first sight. Their interracial romance has many obstacles to happiness, including the disapproval by Janice's aunt, with who she is traveling through India. As Karim and Janice begin a courtship against all odds, two people from Karim's past may ultimately factor into whether it will be happily ever after for Karim and Janice together. Written by Huggo

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How could she resist him? handsome-wealthy-daring. He fought like a tiger-loved like a poet- (print ad)


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Release Date:

1 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Sohn des Rajah  »

Box Office


$503,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ray Milland is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Captain," but he is not identifiable in the movie. See more »


Janice Darsey: [Speaking to the tiger cub] Would he grow up to be a big, big boy and eat the kind, kind lady?
Karim: Who could blame him?
Janice Darsey: I shall call him Oscar.
Karim: Oscar is a boy's name.
Janice Darsey: My error!
Karim: Forgiven.
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Adventures In India With Ramon Novarro
10 February 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A handsome young merchant prince must fight first for his life and then for his identity. But when he struggles to keep the love of a beautiful young American, he is reminded that he is still but a SON OF INDIA.

This is a decent little film, with good production values and MGM lavished a lot of care in making it look exotic. As regards the plot, Ramon Novarro is practically the whole story. Here he adds another portrait to his long series of ethnic interpretations.

Silent screen star Conrad Nagel appears as Novarro's American friend & a lovely Madge Evans plays his sister, Novarro's love interest. Marjorie Rambeau is given little do to as their unsympathetic aunt, while old Sir C. Aubrey Smith has a tiny role as a wise old English doctor.

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