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Encore (1951)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  July 1952 (USA)
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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... See full summary »


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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")
Andrews, Engineer (segment "Winter Cruise")


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 <>

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Maughm is a Masterful Story Teller
13 July 2007 | by (u.s.a) – See all my reviews

Sumerset Maughm has always been one of my favorite novelists. He has the ability to present human struggles among all classes, especially significant because of the rigid, British class system in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when he lived and wrote. All three of the stories told in "Encore," present completely different types of people facing compelling personal problems. I disagree with some of the other respondents who claim "Encore" is a flawed film. All three of the stories in this movie are equally compelling in that they manage to capture the humanity in even the most unlikely, odd characters. The dialog is witty, the acting superb. The audience grows fond of the characters, as they develop. Maughm weaves humor, tension, romance and irony together in a masterful way to create unique worlds alive with life lessons for us all. If you have the opportunity to watch "Encore," you won't be sorry you did.

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