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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two out of three, not bad...for ENCORE...
30 May 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Another Somerset Maugham short story anthology, getting off to a bad start with the first story THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER not exactly first rate but amusing, due to the performances of n'er-do-well NIGEL PATRICK as the philandering brother who ends up marrying the third richest girl in the world much to the annoyance of his stuffy but reliable brother ROLAND CULVER; a cruise ship story about a woman who never stops talking and driving everyone in sight (including the audience) a bit crazy, well played by KAY WALSH; and finally, a story about a young couple who are part of a diving act from an 80 ft. platform but facing fears about the life and death feat designed to entertain some jaded tourist trade at a fancy hotel.

The third and longest segment is the most interesting, with GLYNIS JOHNS as the diver losing her nerve and TERENCE MORGAN as her worried husband. There's no telling which way the ending will go until the last moment and it keeps you glued to the story's finish.

Summing up: With introductions by the famous author himself, it's a fun way to spend an hour and a half.

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