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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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6 March 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is another trio of Somerset Maugham's short stories. The first one has been wiped from my memory, it was exceedingly dull! The second one started off well, and ended splendidly, but started to drag in the middle. It's the 3rd and final tale that is the gem, centering on a daredevil girl who "dives from a height of 80 feet in 5 foot of flames" - her pool to land in is actually set alight! - and her boyfriend, who are trying to get some money together for a safe future, by her doing a most unsafe act. It will have you on the edge of your seat, guaranteed! Respectively, I give the three tales 3, 6, and 10 out of 10.


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