The Passionate Friends (1949)

The Passionate Friends
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TitleThe Passionate Friends
Year1949
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreDrama (Movies)
CollectionH.G. Wells
Run Time1h 31 min
Director

The story is told through episodes of memories by the woman while on holiday in Switzerland waiting for her banker husband Howard to join her from his business. It has been nine years since they have been on holiday, but also nine years since she last talked to the man she is in love with (Steven), who unknowing to her has been booked into the adjoining room. The narrative then goes into the past and tells of the love between Mary and Steven. While Mary loves Steven, she refuses to marry him, believing that a marriage of love would be too stifling, while Steven tells her that two people in love should want to ‘belong to each other’.

Mary insists that she wants only to ‘belong to herself’ and runs away as Steven tells her that her life would then be ‘a failure’. She then marries Howard, who gives her affection, stability and security. When they meet again nine years later on New Year’s Eve, Steven is with his-then girlfriend while Mary is with Howard. Howard dryly pretends not to recognise Steven ‘So the enemy wouldn’t know he was being observed’. Steven later pursues Mary again and almost persuades her to change her mind and leave Howard. While Howard accepts his wife’s socialising with Steven, he notices they have forgotten their tickets for the theatre. They then lie to him when he inquires of their evening. In a dramatic scene Steven tells Howard Mary is in love with him and Howard should step aside, while Mary asks him to leave so she can talk things over with Howard.

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The Passionate Friends
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Cast:

Ann Todd Ann Todd
Mary Justin
Claude Rains Claude Rains
Howard Justin
Trevor Howard Trevor Howard
Professor Steven Stratton

The story is told through episodes of memories by the woman while on holiday in Switzerland waiting for her banker husband Howard to join her from his business. It has been nine years since they have been on holiday, but also nine years since she last talked to the man she is in love with (Steven), who unknowing to her has been booked into the adjoining room. The narrative then goes into the past and tells of the love between Mary and Steven. While Mary loves Steven, she refuses to marry him, believing that a marriage of love would be too stifling, while Steven tells her that two people in love should want to ‘belong to each other’.

Mary insists that she wants only to ‘belong to herself’ and runs away as Steven tells her that her life would then be ‘a failure’. She then marries Howard, who gives her affection, stability and security. When they meet again nine years later on New Year’s Eve, Steven is with his-then girlfriend while Mary is with Howard. Howard dryly pretends not to recognise Steven ‘So the enemy wouldn’t know he was being observed’. Steven later pursues Mary again and almost persuades her to change her mind and leave Howard. While Howard accepts his wife’s socialising with Steven, he notices they have forgotten their tickets for the theatre. They then lie to him when he inquires of their evening. In a dramatic scene Steven tells Howard Mary is in love with him and Howard should step aside, while Mary asks him to leave so she can talk things over with Howard.

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