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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.

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

Francis Marion Crawford (adapted from the book "Mr. Isaacs" by) (as F. Marion Crawford), Ernest Vajda (continuity) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Karim
Conrad Nagel ... William Darsay
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Darsay
Madge Evans ... Janice
C. Aubrey Smith ... Dr. Wallace
Mitchell Lewis ... Hamid
John Miljan ... Juggat
Nigel De Brulier ... Rao Rama (as Nigel deBrulier)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"THE SHEIK" OF THE TALKIES (Print Ad- The Press, ((Christchurch, NZ)) 5 December 1931) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Sohn des Rajah See more »

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Budget:

$503,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Karim: Miss Darsay, something has happened. Something very distressing.
Janice Darsey: What?
Karim: I can hardly bear to tell you. A baby scandal.
Janice Darsey: Tell me!
Karim: Come with me.
[They walk toward some caged tigers]
Janice Darsey: Well, what is it?
Karim: Be patient. Behold the bride!
[Pointing at a female tiger with a cub]
Karim: She'll have to do some tall explaining.
[...]
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Alternate-language version of The Son of the Rajah (1931) See more »

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Give this film a chance
20 May 2013 | by mbrindellSee all my reviews

Once you get past the first 15 minutes, it's smooth sailing from there. It starts out rather rocky (you might be be tempted to give up), but hang in there. You will be rewarded with an excellent story of love between the "races" and the often mindless sanctity of honor.

Madge Evans is fine. She's quite believable. In the first 15 minutes, I winced while watching Ramon Navarro in the title roll; however, as the minutes wore on, I grew to like his performance and ultimately thought he was quite good.

For 1931, the camera movement is fairly free. During a shot where the camera is following Evans and Navarro walking down a long hallway in Navarro's palace, a chair can be seen lifted out of the advancing camera's way by a grip. This minor error precedes the "rocking hat" mistake witnessed in "Citizen Kane" by 10 years. People often comment how inventive Welles was (he most definitely was), but they mistakenly cite his habit of moving objects in front of and away from mobile cameras as one of his clever tricks. If it's one of "his" tricks, he learned it from Hollywood.

TCM's print and sound quality were generally excellent.

This film is a fine example of one aspect of pre-Code films that is often overlooked, miscegenation. It's well handled by a major Hollywood studio. The strict enforcement of the Hayes Codes prevented this subject matter just three years later.


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