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
Brenda Forbes ...
Edythe Livingstone
Peter Jeffries
Col. Mournay
Sean McClory ...
Robert Upton
Sarah Selby ...
Della Charlton
Ben Wright ...
Dorothy Green ...


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

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Comedy | Drama




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21 January 1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Count Bocelli: Mrs. Livingston, this has been a most enjoyable evening for me.
Edith Livingston: It must have seemed quite like a busman's holiday to you, Count, discovering those pearls.
Count Bocelli: Ah yes, the pearls. But then, their great value is only a faithful reflection of the lady who wears them.
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Good rendition of a clever Maugham short story
5 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Colman is the narrator (apparently Maugham) of this clever tale about what happens when an honest young governess is thought to be wealthy and even related to some obscure European noble family. The well-spoken governess is a last minute fill in at her employer's dinner party. Count Bocelli, a renown expert on gems and jewelry does a spot appraisal of the governess' beads and asserts that they are worth 60,000 pounds. The attitude of those at the party towards the governess immediately changes. The governess, however, never pretends to be anything other than what she actually is. Quite a delightful story that comes to a satisfying resolution. Amazing what can be done in 25 minutes with an engaging script and strong cast. Fun to see Nigel Bruce as a character he did so well - the somewhat befuddled and doddering Englishman. Angela Lansbury, as to be expected is very good in the role.

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