The Passionate Adventure
|The Passionate Adventure|
|Directed by||Graham Cutts|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Written by||Alfred Hitchcock
Frank Stayton (novel)
|Cinematography||Claude L. McDonnell|
The Passionate Adventure (1924) is a British silent film drama, directed by Graham Cutts and starring Clive Brook and Alice Joyce. The film was adapted from a novel by Frank Stayton by Alfred Hitchcock and Michael Morton, with Hitchcock also credited as assistant director to Cutts.
The marriage between Adrian and Drusilla St. Clair (Brook and Joyce) has become unsatisfactory and loveless since Adrian's return from World War I, with the couple treating each other with cold distance. Seeking escape from his unfulfilled home life, Adrian takes off to the East End of London where he disguises himself as a shabby itinerant. There he meets a pretty young waif Vicky (Marjorie Daw) and takes on the role of her unofficial protector.
This does not go down well with Vicky's East End criminal element boyfriend Herb (Victor McLaglen) who becomes increasingly suspicious and jealous about her association with Adrian, until a showdown in inevitable. Adrian uses his wits to overcome Herb's brute force, and hands him over to the police who have wanted him for some time. With Herb in custody and Vicky's safety assured, Adrian returns west to Drusilla invigorated by his East End experience and with his feelings of passion towards her evidently restored. They embrace at the bottom of the staircase, which the appreciative Drusilla starts to climb.
Walter Mycroft, reviewing the film for the London Evening Standard, wrote that ‘For absolute skill in production and for inspiration in setting,' The Passionate Adventure 'reaches a high level, far higher than was actually entailed by the particular story Graham Cutts and his coadjutors here had to handle.'
- Clive Brook as Adrian St. Clair
- Alice Joyce as Drusilla St. Clair
- Marjorie Daw as Vicky
- Victor McLaglen as Herb Harris
- Lillian Hall-Davis as Pamela
- Joseph R. Tozer as Inspector Sladen
- Mary Brough as Lady Rolis
- John F. Hamilton as Bill
- Graham Cutts (1885-1958) BFI Screen Online. Retrieved 27-08-2010