Honor of the Family


45m 1931

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 17, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
First National Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
First National Pictures, Inc.; The Vitaphone Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play La Rabouilleuse by Emile Fabre (Paris, 11 Mar 1903), which was based on the novel La Rabouilleuse by Honoré de Balzac in his book Les célibataires (Paris, 1842).

Technical Specs

Duration
45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

In Hungary, Laura, the mistress of wealthy Paul Barony, is furious when his nephew, Captain Boris Barony, arrives at the castle to save his uncle from her. She runs away, knowing that Paul will send for her. Obeying his uncle, Boris follows her and sees her meet her lover, Tony Revere. To set a trap for her, Boris changes places with her chauffeur and drives her back to the castle. There he shows her his uncle's will, which leaves all his money to her, and threatens to destroy it unless she does as he orders. Paul has begun to realize that Laura and Tony are conspiring against him, but he plans to lead them on. Realizing that Laura is interested in him, Boris insults Tony, hoping to goad him into a duel. On the day of the duel, Laura tries to prevent Boris from fighting. He agrees to cancel if she will go away with Tony. If she stays, he says, he will take her away from Tony and tame her. Laura decides to stay. Tony is killed in the duel, and Felix, his best friend, swears vengeance on Boris. Laura tries to keep Boris in the house to save him from Felix, but he leaves and kills Felix, too. When Boris sends Laura away, Paul begs him to bring her back. Boris agrees to find her if Paul will give him money. Paul signs a blank check and Boris stops Laura, who has been driving outside the house in her car. He joins her in the car and they ride away together.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 17, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
First National Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
First National Pictures, Inc.; The Vitaphone Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play La Rabouilleuse by Emile Fabre (Paris, 11 Mar 1903), which was based on the novel La Rabouilleuse by Honoré de Balzac in his book Les célibataires (Paris, 1842).

Technical Specs

Duration
45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

This film is believed lost. Please check your attic.

Notes

Film Daily notes that this was Dita Parlo's first English-speaking role. A French version of the film entitled La Rabouilleuse was made in 1943 and a French-German co-production entitled Les Arrivistes was produced in 1960.