WriterWallace Smith, Jane Murfin Release dateOctober 3, 1931 (1931-10-03) Based onLe sphinx a parle
by Maurice Dekobra Music directorVictor Schertzinger, Max Steiner CastAdolphe Menjou (Captain Geoffrey Roberts), Lili Damita (Alva Sangrito), Laurence Olivier (Lieutenant Ned Nichols), Erich von Stroheim (Victor Sangrito), Hugh Herbert (McNellis), Blanche Friderici (Lady Allice) Similar moviesInterstellar, The Voyeur, Frivolous Lola, The Key, Cashback, The Captive
Friends and Lovers (1931) is an American Pre-Code drama film released by RKO Radio Pictures, directed by Victor Schertzinger, and starring Adolphe Menjou, Lili Damita, Laurence Olivier, Erich von Stroheim, and Hugh Herbert.
British Army captain Geoff Roberts (Adolphe Menjou) carries on an affair with Alva (Lili Damita), the wife of the cruel Victor Sangrito (Erich Von Stroheim). 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 (Laurence Olivier). Nichols, too, is in love with a woman back in England—the same woman.
Although 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. However, when the two are invalided home, they encounter Alva again, and learn that she may not have betrayed them after all.