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Son of India (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 1 August 1931 (USA)
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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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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Drama | Romance

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1 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Der Sohn des Rajah  »

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$503,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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. The reason is that he was fired by director Jacques Feyder who judged him incompetent to play the part of a young Indian army officer. See more »

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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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Alternate-language version of Le fils du rajah (1931) See more »

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Love and Jewels in India
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Son of India is a pre-code film starring one of the great faces of the silent screen. Ramon Novarro plays an Indian jewel trader named Karim, a man whose life has been filled with struggles. His father was killed leaving Karim to fend for himself. Unfortunately, the people in India are quick to take advantage of him.

In a stroke of luck, Karim is defended by a white man (Conrad Nagel) which makes it possible for him to be a successful merchant. He becomes quite wealthy and many years later meets a beautiful white woman named Janice (Madge Evans). The two fall in love very quickly and Janice allows Karim to take care of her. Their relationship is very sweet, but it is obvious that society will frown upon their union.

There isn't much that is very shocking about this film and the relationship between the main characters isn't very strong. The movie does, however, hold the viewer's interest throughout. It's brevity carries the story along nicely but could be to blame for the underdeveloped love story.


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