Three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, "The Verger," "Mr. Know-All," and "The Sanatorium," are introduced by the author.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Albert Foreman - Coach Driver (segment The Verger)
Kathleen Harrison ...
Emma Brown Foreman (in segment The Verger)
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Bank Manager (in segment The Verger)
Lana Morris ...
Gladys (in segment The Verger)
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Vicar (in segment The Verger)
Glyn Houston ...
Ted (in segment The Verger)
Eliot Makeham ...
Sexton (in segment The Verger)
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Church Warden (in segment The Verger)
Anne Crawford ...
Mrs. Ramsey (in segment Mr. Know-All)
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Max Kelada (in segment Mr. Know-All)
Naunton Wayne ...
Mr. Ramsey (in segment Mr. Know-All)
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Mr. Gray (in segment Mr. Know-All)
Clive Morton ...
Ship's Captain (in segment Mr. Know-All)
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Fellowes (in segment Mr. Know-All) (as Bill Linden-Travers)
Dennis Harkin ...
Captain's steward (in segment Mr. Know-All)
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Three short stories are introduced by author W. Somerset Maugham in the second of his anthology film trilogy. In "The Verger," a church verger of seventeen years is fired by his new straight-laced vicar when it's discovered that he cannot read or write. Forced to make life-altering decisions, the life-long bachelor proposes to his landlady and becomes an entrepreneur. In "Mr. Know-All" an obnoxiously pushy and irrepressibly boorish dealer in jewelry alienates all his fellow passengers on an ocean cruise despite his cheerful nature and generosity, but later is sensitive enough to realize that sacrificing his ego at a key moment is important to a woman's happiness. "The Sanatorium" revolves around the lives of tuberculosis patients at an exclusive Scottish sanatorium including a pair of doomed lovers who choose quality over quantity of life. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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20 December 1950 (Denmark)  »

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El torbellino de la vida  »

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'Andrew Crawford' was going to star but dropped out before filming. See more »

Quotes

Albert Foreman: [to the vicar] I'm too old a dog to learn new tricks, sir.
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Follows Quartet (1948) See more »

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Shepherd of the Hills
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Music by Lawrence Wright
Lyrics by Edgar Leslie
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24 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Trio's vignettes were insightful and quite enjoyable. It was curious seeing so many soon to be famous actors when they were very young. The performances and attention to detail were wonderful to watch.

Observation. In film it isn't necessary that source material be in alignment with the contemporary era to be interesting or worthwhile. "Small morality" storytelling is quaint (or coy) only in the eye of the beholder--thankfully. Story content--well told--can overcome it's time, subject or place.

Ironically, there are quite a few contemporary films today that have not overcome the conventions or cutting edge mores of the present era. Inserting "small morality" content--occasionally--might provide a dimension lacking.


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