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 overview, first billed only:
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Albert Foreman - Coach Driver (segment "The Verger")
Kathleen Harrison ...
Emma Brown Foreman (segment "The Verger")
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Bank Manager (segment "The Verger")
Lana Morris ...
Gladys (segment "The Verger")
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Vicar (segment "The Verger")
Glyn Houston ...
Ted (segment "The Verger")
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Sexton (segment "The Verger")
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Church Warden (segment "The Verger")
Anne Crawford ...
Mrs. Ramsey (segment "Mr. Know-All")
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Max Kelada (segment "Mr. Know-All")
Naunton Wayne ...
Mr. Ramsey (segment "Mr. Know-All")
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Mr. Gray (segment "Mr. Know-All")
Clive Morton ...
Ship's Captain (segment "Mr. Know-All")
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Fellowes (segment "Mr. Know-All") (as Bill Linden-Travers)
Dennis Harkin ...
Captain's steward (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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Trivia

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

Quotes

Mr. Gray: [Last lines. Laughing] Mr. Know-All?
Kelada: [laughing] Call me Max.
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Connections

Followed by Encore (1951) See more »

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Cantilena
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Music by Marcus Dods
Played by trio
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rare treat

My favourite of this obscure series is Mr Knowall. Nigel Patrick gives a professional performance as the irritable , but ultimately likeable Mr kalada... the final sequences are wonderfully constructed and tense.


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