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Quartet (1948)

 -  Drama  -  26 October 1948 (UK)
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Four of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself. In the first story, The Facts of Life, a young man with great potential on the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
W. Somerset Maugham ...
Himself - Host
Basil Radford ...
Naunton Wayne ...
Leslie (segment "The Facts of Life")
Ian Fleming ...
Ralph (segment "The Facts of Life")
Jack Raine ...
Thomas (segment "The Facts of Life")
...
Mrs. Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life")
...
Branksome (segment "The Facts of Life")
Jack Watling ...
Nicky (segment "The Facts of Life")
Nigel Buchanan ...
John (segment "The Facts of Life") (as Nigal Buchanan)
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Jeanne (segment "The Facts of Life")
Jean Cavall ...
Cabaret Artist (segment "The Facts of Life")
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George Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")
Raymond Lovell ...
Sir Frederick Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")
Irene Browne ...
Lady Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")
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Paula (segment "The Alien Corn")
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Four of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself. In the first story, The Facts of Life, a young man with great potential on the tennis courts goes to Monte Carlo and soon finds himself doing the exact opposite of what his father recommended. In 'The Alien Corn', an aspiring pianist devotes himself to perfecting his artistic skills but finds he likely hasn't the talents to reach the heights he so desperately craves. In 'The Kite', a young man who lives at home and loves kite flying goes against his overbearing mother's wishes and marries the girl he's been dating. He's soon back home, much to his mother's delight, but re-considers when his wife takes up a new hobby. In the final chapter 'The Colonel's Lady', a middle-aged man is shocked to learn that his somewhat dowdy wife has written a collection of racy poems and is now a best-selling author. Written by garykmcd

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Himself, Host: In my twenties, the critics said I was brutal. In my thirties, they said I was flippant; in my forties, they said I was cynical; in my fifties they said I was competent - and then, in my sixties, they said I was superficial.
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dull bourgeois ditties....
16 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film consists of 4 short stories that are little bourgeois ditties with social climbing fixtures (bridge, clubs, Monte Carlo etc...) all dull by modern standards. The movie version has none of the Maugham's sharp prose and observations that would have made the books more enjoyable. As another reviewer observed the material doesn't age well.

Here is the run down... a female thief at Monte Carlo.... A frustrated piano wanna be artist....A boyish kite flyer (the dullest).....and a middle aged wife who suddenly publishes tremendously successful love poems. Yawn....

Maugham catered to the middle class....I found I forgot the 4 stories as soon as I watched them...not a good sign.

If you have nothing better to do they are OK to pass some time don't expect to get anything lasting out of them. Better yet read the books.


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