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The Passionate Friends (1949)

Approved | | Drama | 26 January 1949 (UK)
The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.

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Professor Steven Stratton
Betty Ann Davies ...
Miss Joan Layton
Isabel Dean ...
Pat Stratton
Arthur Howard ...
Smith - the Butler
Guido Lorraine ...
Hotel Manager
Marcel Poncin ...
Hall Porter
Natasha Sokolova ...
Chambermaid
Hélène Burls ...
Flowerwoman
Jean Serret ...
Emigration Official
Frances Waring ...
Charwoman
Wenda Rogerson ...
Bridge Guest
Helen Piers ...
1st Woman - Albert Hall
Ina Pelly ...
2nd Woman - Albert Hall
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The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps. Written by David Wark <dwark@atge.automail.com>

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Their affair took on a life of its own.

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Production began with Ronald Neame as director. See more »

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When Steven barges into Howard's office, he is shown starting to close the door, followed by the sound of a door closing. However, in the subsequent shot, the door is open again. See more »

Quotes

Professor Steven Stratton: Do you remember once, I asked you how you could love me and yet marry someone else?
Mary Justin: Yes, I remember.
Professor Steven Stratton: Your marriage was bound to be a failure.
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Version of The Passionate Friends (1922) See more »

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First Love and Last Love
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Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Joyce Grenfell
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Passionate Lovers, But Better Friends
21 November 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I was surprised to learn that the original story for The Passionate Friends was written by H.G. Wells. Someone nowadays we identify with the science fiction genre. Certainly it seems to be what has survived best in English literature.

The original story was written in 1913 so some considerable updating was done to make it 1949 contemporary. Lovers Ann Todd and Trevor Howard had an affair back in the day which was ended when Todd's husband Claude Rains found out.

Eleven years go by and Todd and Howard meet at a mountain ski resort in Switzerland. Howard's now married and moved on, but they spend an innocent afternoon reminiscing. Rains catches them and misinterprets with near tragic results.

Ann Todd may be one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen. She's probably best known in America for being Gregory Peck's loyal wife in The Paradine Case. No wonder Rains is so jealous.

Trevor Howard is essentially doing the same part for David Lean that first got him stardom in Brief Encounter. In fact the story could almost be what happens to the protagonists in Brief Encounter if they met up again in the future. Claude Rains is always right on the money with his portrayals. There's a lot of what John Barrymore did in Maytime in what Rains does here.

If it were done here in the USA, this would have been labeled a woman's picture. It is in fact a nicely done romantic story.


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