A gem expert declares a worthless string of beads worn by a poor governess to be a valuable pearl necklace.

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Joan Robinson
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Peter Jeffries
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Della Charlton
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A gem expert declares a worthless string of beads worn by a poor governess to be a valuable pearl necklace.

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21 January 1954 (USA)  »

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Ronald Colman - Host: As the evening wore on, it did seem as though we were in on the birth of a romance. The continued absence of Joan and Peter left no question about that. The only question remaining was when was Colonel Mournay going to run out of Kipling ballads.
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FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE: A STRING OF BEADS (TV) (William Cameron Menzies, 1954) **
3 July 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Included on the VCI DVD of SUNDOWN (1941), this TV episode in a series based on the writings of W. Somerset Maugham is an ironic drama about a worthless necklace worn at a party by the governess (Angela Lansbury) of a rich house, and how the girl - and other social climbers who happen to be there, like Ron Randell - is affected when ageing aristocrat and diamond expert George Macready decides to play a prank on his society friends by deeming the beads to be worth $60,000! Ronald Colman (who has aged gracefully) introduces the episode and, while recounting the main story in flashback, appears in it as a sort of detached observer. While no great shakes in itself, it's nice to be able to watch - at such distance - some of the work made in the pioneering days of TV...


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