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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Patrick ...
Tom Ramsay (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Roland Culver ...
George Ramsay (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Alison Leggatt ...
Freda Ramsay (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Charles Victor ...
Mr. Bateman (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Peter Graves ...
Philip Cronshaw (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Margaret Withers ...
Mrs. Bateman (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Margaret Vyner ...
Gertrude Wilmot (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Dorothy Bramhall ...
Secretary (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Patricia Raine ...
Office Girl (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Campbell Cotts ...
Club Member (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Michael Trubshawe ...
Ascot Man (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Kay Walsh ...
Miss Molly Reid (segment "Winter Cruise")
Noel Purcell ...
Tom, Captain (segment "Winter Cruise")
Ronald Squire ...
Doctor (segment "Winter Cruise")
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Andrews, Engineer (segment "Winter Cruise")
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The film is made from three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham. The first, "The Ant and the Grasshopper" concerns the trials and tribulations a ne'er-do-well brother, Tom Ramsey, puts his prim-and-proper businessman brother, George Ramsey through. The escapades that drive George to absolute distraction eventually wins the hand of the world's third richest girl, Margaret Vyne, for shiftless Tom; "Winter Cruise" finds the crew of a cargo boat becoming unglued by the endless chatter of a spinster passenger named Miss Reid. In a desperate attempt to silence the prattling busybody, the ship's officers browbeat a French steward, Pierre into making love to her. The results provide some astounding surprises for the officers, Pierre, and, for certain, Miss Reid; In "The Gigolo and the Gigolette" segment, beautiful daredevil Stella Cotman, who entertains the jaded guests of a resort hotel by diving nightly from an eighty-foot platform into a flaming tank, is losing her nerve. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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In "The Ant and the Grasshopper" and "Winter Cruise", several characters order pink gin cocktails. This is made with sweet gin, Angostura bitters, and lemon rind. See more »

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Miss Molly Reid: I always say that when a lady is a lady, gentlemen will be gentlemen.
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Written by Leslie Stuart
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Wonderful curiosity
6 January 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was constructed from three short stories by Somerset Maugham and he also appears to introduce each of them. The third story "Gigolo and Gigolette" is by far the best as you are never quite sure what direction it is going in. Terrific tension. The middle story also has a neat twist at the end but it takes far too long to get there and its main protagonist (played by Kay Walsh) starts to irritate. The first story features a bunch of quite unlikable, selfish characters and I found it did not engage me at all. 4 out of 10 for the first, 6 out of 10 for the second and 8 out of 10 for the third for an average of 6 out of 10 for the whole effort.


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