Four Star Playhouse: Season 2, Episode 18

A String of Beads (21 Jan. 1954)

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Episode cast overview:
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Joan Robinson
Brenda Forbes ...
Edyth Livingstone
Ron Randell ...
Peter Jeffries
Colonel 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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a slight but charming Maugham tale
3 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Taken from Ronald Colman TV, this episode, narrated by Colman who presumably is playing the author, concerns a governess, Joan Robinson, who fills in for a dinner guest for her employers, the Livingstons, and finds her fortunes greatly improved by a visiting jewel specialist's appraisal of the string of pearls she bought for a matter of shillings.

Showing how the sudden acquisition of wealth can change the perceptions of other people, 'A String of Beads' provides a good role for Angela Lansbury as Joan, with Brenda Forbes as her employer, Ron Randell as her rich suitor, Sean McClory as her old friend, and George Macready as the mischievous Count Bocelli.

There are no real surprises in this story, which has a fairly predictable and neatly presented solution. But as a simple 25 minute story, it is fine, and viewed here from a print with very few problems other than slightly muddy sound.

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