The Passionate Friends (1922 film)

The Passionate Friends is a 1922 British romantic drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Milton Rosmer, Valia, and Fred Raynham.[2][1] It is based on H.G. Wells' The Passionate Friends: A Novel, which was adapted again by David Lean for his 1949 film The Passionate Friends.

The Passionate Friends
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Directed byMaurice Elvey
Written byLeslie Howard Gordon
Based onThe Passionate Friends: A Novel
by H.G. Wells
StarringMilton Rosmer
Fred Raynham
CinematographyJohn J. Cox[1]
Distributed byStoll Pictures
Release date
  • January 1922 (1922-01)
Running time
90 min. (U.S. edition)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



The Passionate Friends was part of the Stoll Pictures' "Eminent Authors" series of films. Although based upon Wells' 1913 social realist novel, it largely avoided any of Wells' radical social commentary regarding the United Kingdom.[3]


  1. The Passionate Friends (1922) at
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: The Passionate Friends at
  3. Williams, Keith (2007). H.G. Wells, Modernity and the Movies. Liverpool University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-84631-060-7.
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