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Quartet (1948)

Four of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author. In the first story, "The Facts of Life", a young man with great potential on the ... See full summary »

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (stories), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
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Basil Radford ... Henry Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life")
Naunton Wayne ... Leslie (segment "The Facts of Life")
Ian Fleming ... Ralph (segment "The Facts of Life")
Jack Raine ... Thomas (segment "The Facts of Life")
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life")
James Robertson Justice ... Branksome (segment "The Facts of Life")
Jack Watling ... Nicky (segment "The Facts of Life")
Nigel Buchanan Nigel Buchanan ... John (segment "The Facts of Life")
Mai Zetterling ... Jeanne (segment "The Facts of Life")
Jean Cavall Jean Cavall ... Cabaret Artist (segment "The Facts of Life")
Dirk Bogarde ... George Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Sir Frederick Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")
Irene Browne ... Lady Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")
Honor Blackman ... Paula (segment "The Alien Corn")
George Thorpe George Thorpe ... Uncle John (segment "The Alien Corn")
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Four of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author. In the first story, "The Facts of Life", a young man with great potential on the tennis courts goes to Monte Carlo and soon finds himself doing the exact opposite of what his father recommended. In "The Alien Corn", an aspiring pianist devotes himself to perfecting his artistic skills, but finds he likely hasn't the talents to reach the heights he so desperately craves. In "The Kite", a young man, who lives at home and loves kite flying, goes against his overbearing mother's wishes and marries the girl he's been dating. He's soon back home, much to his mother's delight, but re-considers when his wife takes up a new hobby. In the final chapter "The Colonel's Lady", a middle-aged man is shocked to learn that his somewhat dowdy wife has written a collection of racy poems and is now a best-selling author. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance

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Credited theatrical movie debut of Sir Dirk Bogarde (George Bland). See more »

Quotes

W. Somerset Maugham - Host: In my twenties, the critics said I was brutal. In my thirties, they said I was flippant; in my forties, they said I was cynical; in my fifties they said I was competent - and then, in my sixties, they said I was superficial.
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Followed by Encore (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Schubert Impromptu
by Franz Schubert (uncredited)
played by Eileen Joyce
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Bite-Sized Drama
30 December 2011 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

The four episodes based on Maugham short stories are increasingly substantial, although the overall experience is somewhat unsatisfying. The first, "The Facts of Life," stars Zetterling and "The Lady Vanishes" duo of Radford and Wayne, but it doesn't make much of an impression. The second, "The Alien Corn," stars Bogarde and Blackman as cousins in love and has a surprising ending. "The Kite" is an amusing story about a family's love for kites. The last, "The Colonel's Lady," is about the scandalous publication of erotic poems by a woman of upper society; it is the longest and most developed of the quartet. Maugham himself introduces the stories and comes across as rather pompous.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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