The venerable stage drama The World and His Wife formed the basis for the MGM production Lovers?. Ramon Novarro and Alice Terry, who previously co-starred in Scaramouche, The Prisoner of Zenda and The Arab, are herein reteamed as Ernesto and Teodora, respectively. Teodora is the new young wife of diplomat Don Julian (Ernest Martindel), Ernesto's guardian. It doesn't take long for Ernesto to fall in love with Teodora, leading to ugly gossip throughout Madrid. Defending Teodora's honor, Ernesto agrees to a duel, but at the last minute Don Julian takes the boy's place on the field of honor, losing his life in the process. Ernesto then steps in to kill Don Julian's opponent, whereupon he is banished from Spain. The final scene shows Ernesto and Teodora en route to Argentina, both hoping to pick up the pieces of their lives; this scene appears to have been tacked on at the insistence of the MGM brass, suggesting that perhaps the original ending of Lovers? was somewhat more downbeat.
by Hal Erickson synopsis