This wonderful set of films features the old school stars of yesteryear including Honor Blackman, James Hayter, Michael Hordern, Dirk Bogarde, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Kay Walsh, Michael Rennie, Nigel Patrick, Glynis Johns, Finlay Currie, Mai Zetterling, Wilfred Hyde-White.
Three sets of adaptations of Somerset Maugham's short stories, all introduced by Maugham himself and featuring a host of famous acting talent. Features Quartet (Annakin, Crabtree, French and Smart, 1948), Trio (Annakin & French, 1950) and Encore (Jackson, Pelissier & French, 1951)
Quartet (1948) features the stories 'The Facts of Life', 'The Alien Corn', 'The Kite' and 'The Colonel's Lady', with the cast including Dirk Bogarde, Honor Blackman, Mai Zetterling, Ernest Thesiger and Cecil Parker.
Trio (Ken Annakin/Harold French, 1950) comprises 'The Verger', the tale of a church verger who is forced to find a new career when it is revealed he is illiterate; 'Mister Know-All', in which an obnoxious passenger goes on a luxury cruise; and 'Sanitorium', in which romance blossoms between two tuberculosis sufferers (Jean Simmons and Michael Rennie) in a Scottish sanatorium.
Encore (1951), which was nominated for the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952, features 'The Ant and The Grasshopper', about a workshy fop whose freeloading ways are stopped by his dictatorial brother, 'Winter Cruise', in which a middle aged spinster on a cruise ship to Jamaica is determined to be the life and soul of the party, and 'Gigolo and Gigolette', in which Stella and her husband come into the money - for better or for worse.
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