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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 (Ann Todd) meets Steven Stratton (Trevor Howard) again and they have one last ... See full summary »

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

H.G. Wells (novel), Eric Ambler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Todd ... Mary Justin
Claude Rains ... Howard Justin
Trevor Howard ... Professor Steven Stratton
Betty Ann Davies ... Miss Joan Layton
Isabel Dean ... Pat Stratton
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Smith - the Butler
Guido Lorraine Guido Lorraine ... Hotel Manager
Marcel Poncin Marcel Poncin ... Hall Porter
Natasha Sokolova Natasha Sokolova ... Chambermaid
Hélène Burls Hélène Burls ... Flowerwoman
Jean Serret Jean Serret ... Emigration Official
Frances Waring Frances Waring ... Charwoman
Wenda Rogerson Wenda Rogerson ... Bridge Guest
Helen Piers Helen Piers ... 1st Woman - Albert Hall
Ina Pelly Ina Pelly ... 2nd Woman - Albert Hall
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Storyline

The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin (Ann Todd) meets Steven Stratton (Trevor Howard) 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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 January 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

One Woman's Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,335
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineguild See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first of three consecutive movies that Ann Todd and Sir David Lean made together during their marriage. See more »

Goofs

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

Mary Justin: I'm not a very good person, Steven. I wanted your love - and I wanted Howard's affection and the security he could give me.
Professor Steven Stratton: I can give you security too, and more than affection.
Mary Justin: You don't really know me at all. My love isn't worth very much.
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Connections

Referenced in Phantom Thread (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Lover's Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Addinsell
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My brief review of the film
20 February 2006 | by sol-See all my reviews

A rather early entry in David Lean's career, his directing skills show through in some dramatic moments that require intense atmosphere. Nevertheless, the film is not the best example of Lean's abilities - both before and after it he directed superior productions - but this one is still okay viewing. With many flashbacks melded in with the plot, some are better done than others, and likewise, sequences showing the thoughts and dreams of the characters vary in effectiveness. There is a memorable sequence that features multiple telephone tracks, and there are also a few other neat tricks in the mix. The cinematography is quite good, and the cast keeps the film at an interesting level. Still, it is primarily of interest to followers of Lean's work.


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