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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")
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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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Doctor: That nonsense about Englishwomen being icebergs is a mere fallacy made up by the French.
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ENCORE (Pat Jackson, Anthony Pelissier and Harold French, 1951) ***
18 July 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The third and final cinematic anthology of W. Somerset Maugham stories (with the celebrated author turning up to introduce them) is also the weakest, if still eminently watchable and reasonably entertaining along the way. Again, here we have three tales (adapted by such noted scribes as T.E.B. Clarke and Eric Ambler, among others) – while the middle one is virtually the distaff version of “Mr. Know-All” from the previous film, TRIO (1950), and the third somewhat insubstantial and melodramatic, the first is one of my favorites from all three compendiums.

“The Ant And The Grasshopper”, then, is once more a brilliant showcase for underrated actor Nigel Patrick – he plays the ne’er-do-well younger brother of respected businessman Roland Culver. In the past, the latter had lent his sibling money but now refuses to support him any longer: Patrick retaliates by taking odd jobs unbecoming of the family status but making sure to be seen by Culver, thus embarrassing him at every turn (the former even contrives an ingenious plan by which to swindle the latter out of yet another sum of money via a third party)! Eventually, much to everyone’s surprise, Patrick lands himself a wife who also happens to be one of the richest women in the world – in this way, he’s not only able to repay Culver all his dues but also to retain their family estate…which the elder brother had earlier tried to sell off for his own selfish ends!

“Winter Cruise” replaces Nigel Patrick’s sophisticated know-it-all Mr. Kelada with an even more irritating chatterbox i.e. spinsterish coffee-shop owner Kay Walsh, one of the passengers on a ship commandeered by Noel Purcell. When it’s called back to England, since Walsh is the only one with a return ticket (not having stopped at any port of call during the journey), the navy men – including doctor Ronald Squire and engineer John Laurie – are forced to take her along…which is a prospect none of them are looking forward to, given the woman’s presumptuous nature! Therefore, to take stock of the situation, they decide Walsh needs some form of distraction – which arrives via a most unlikely romance supplied by the timid French steward on board!!

“Gigolo And Gigolette” deals with a couple (Glynis Johns and Terence Morgan) engaged at a holiday resort to provide specialist entertainment for the guests – twice per night, she performs a dangerous stunt by diving from a great height into a flaming pool. While some jaded members of the public feel they’re not getting their money’s worth because the show is over all-too-soon, others are morbidly drawn to it in the event that an accident occurs and the girl is killed before their very eyes! The pressure of having to repeat the drop over and over eventually gives the girl cold feet (pardon the pun); this is accentuated by a sudden visit from a formerly renowned woman stunt-performer who’s long since been forgotten. Morgan had become used to the idea of making money in this way, and he even negotiates an extension of their contract with the hotel manager – but Johns will have none of it; after the inevitable row with her husband, in a desperate bid to secure a future for themselves, she gambles all their savings at a casino and loses. Therefore, she resigns herself to the jump without having Morgan at her side – however, he rushes to his wife’s support when the old ex-“Human Cannonball” lady tells him Johns will be carrying on with the act regardless.


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