Four Star Playhouse: Season 2, Episode 18

A String of Beads (21 Jan. 1954)

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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host / Narrator
Joan Robinson
Brenda Forbes ...
Edythe Livingstone
Ron Randell ...
Peter Jeffries
Col. Mournay
Sean McClory ...
Robert Upton
Sarah Selby ...
Della Charlton
Ben Wright ...
Dorothy Green ...


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Laura: I suppose he gave her the pearls she's wearing as a wedding gift?
Himself - Host: No, it's the same ordinary string of beads that started it all. She's rarely seen without them. Of course, their value has increased enormously if you measure it by the happiness they've brought her.
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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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