Polished acting, masterly direction and an excellent script put The Passionate Friends in the top rank of class British productions. Eric Ambler's screenplay takes many liberties with the original H. G. Wells novel [adapted by David Lean and Stanley Haymes], but he has built up a powerful dramatic situation on the triangle drama.

Polished acting, masterly direction and an excellent script put The Passionate Friends in the top rank of class British productions. Eric Ambler’s screenplay takes many liberties with the original H. G. Wells novel [adapted by David Lean and Stanley Haymes], but he has built up a powerful dramatic situation on the triangle drama.

For the first half hour the story is related by means of a series of flashbacks, which inclines to some confusion, but it soon settles down to straightforward presentation with none of the dramatic effect being lost in the telling.

Ann Todd rises to new heights as the girl who forswears love for security and wealth. Hers is a flawless portrayal and ranks with the best seen in British pictures. Claude Rains, in the role of the banker husband, is a model of competence and Trevor Howard brings vigor and polish to the part of the lover.

The Passionate Friends

UK

Production

Cineguild. Director David Lean; Producer Ronald Neame; Screenplay Eric Ambler; Camera Guy Green; Editor Geoffrey Foot; Music Richard Addinsell; Art Director John Bryan

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Ann Todd Claude Rains Trevor Howard Betty Ann Davies Isabel Dean
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