Son of India (1931 film)

Son of India

Theatrical poster
Directed by Jacques Feyder
Screenplay by Ernest Vajda
John Meehan
Claudine West
Based on Mr. Issacs
by Francis Marion Crawford
Starring Ramón Novarro
Madge Evans
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Edited by Conrad A. Nervig
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • August 1, 1931 (1931-08-01)
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Son of India is a 1931 American romance film directed by Jacques Feyder. The film is based on the 1882 novel Mr. Issacs written by Francis Marion Crawford.[1]


Karim is the son of rajah and jewel merchant Hamid, traveling with him through India. On their twentieth day, after hearing a speech of his father about the importance of gratitude, they are attacked by a group of bandits. Karim's life is saved by Rao Rama, a holy man who hides Karim in a shallow grave. A massacre is caused, but Karim is unnoticed and, unlike his father, survives the tragedy. He is left with his highly valuable diamond.

Karim next journeys to Bombay, where he attempts to sell the diamond in a jewelry store. Feeling that they aren't offering him enough money, he leaves. The corrupt store owners, hoping to someway make profit, run out of the store and claim that Karim is a thief. He is taken in arrest and, unable to prove he is the true owner of his father's diamond, faces a long prison sentence. William Darsay, an American witness, saves him by revealing the truth and Karim is released.

Some time later, Karim becomes one of the wealthiest men of Bombay, attending many high society social functions. At a polo match, he meets Janice Darsey, an attractive young American woman accompanied by her aunt and Dr. Wallace. Feeling attracted to each other, they are soon romanced. This is much to Mrs. Darsey's dislike, who doesn't approve her niece dating an Indian man. She attempts to sabotage their relationship by announcing that they will leave for Kolkota.

Janice, however, does not want to leave Karim and runs away from her aunt to secretly accompany Karim on a tiger hunt. When her aunt finds out, she is infuriated and immediately calls for William, who happens to be Janice's brother. During the hunt, Karim notices his father's killer. Upon confronting him, the murderer starts a shooting. Janice starts to hide and stumbles upon a poisonous plant. Karim brings her to safety and removes the poison, after which they become engaged. Back at home, William and Mrs. Darsey try to stop the marriage by telling them lies, but Karim and Janice come to the conclusion that their love for each other is stronger.


Ray Milland as Subaltern(uncredited)


Son of India reunited Ramón Novarro with Jacques Feyder, whom he previously had worked with before on Daybreak (1931).[2] It was Feyder's last film before returning to Europe.[3] Novarro's leading lady was Madge Evans. Evans was at the beginning of her MGM career and she was later assigned as Novarro's love interest several times again.


  1. Info "Screenplay Info for Son of India (1931)" Check |url= value (help). Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  2. Ellenberger, A., Ramon Novarro: a biography of the silent film idol, 1899-1968. p.108
  3. "Notes for Son of India (1931)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
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