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Trio (1950)

Three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, "The Verger," "Mr. Know-All," and "The Sanatorium," are introduced by the author.

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Noel Langley, W. Somerset Maugham (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Hayter ... Albert Foreman - Coach Driver (segment "The Verger")
Kathleen Harrison ... Emma Brown Foreman (segment "The Verger")
Felix Aylmer ... Bank Manager (segment "The Verger")
Lana Morris ... Gladys (segment "The Verger")
Michael Hordern ... Vicar (segment "The Verger")
Glyn Houston ... Ted (segment "The Verger")
Eliot Makeham ... Sexton (segment "The Verger")
Henry Edwards ... Church Warden (segment "The Verger")
Anne Crawford ... Mrs. Ramsey (segment "Mr. Know-All")
Nigel Patrick ... Max Kelada (segment "Mr. Know-All")
Naunton Wayne ... Mr. Ramsey (segment "Mr. Know-All")
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mr. Gray (segment "Mr. Know-All")
Clive Morton ... Ship's Captain (segment "Mr. Know-All")
Bill Travers ... Fellowes (segment "Mr. Know-All") (as Bill Linden-Travers)
Dennis Harkin Dennis Harkin ... Captain's steward (segment "Mr. Know-All")
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Storyline

Three short stories are introduced by author W. Somerset Maugham in the second of his anthology film trilogy. In "The Verger," a church verger of seventeen years is fired by his new straight-laced vicar when it's discovered that he cannot read or write. Forced to make life-altering decisions, the life-long bachelor proposes to his landlady and becomes an entrepreneur. In "Mr. Know-All" an obnoxiously pushy and irrepressibly boorish dealer in jewelry alienates all his fellow passengers on an ocean cruise despite his cheerful nature and generosity, but later is sensitive enough to realize that sacrificing his ego at a key moment is important to a woman's happiness. "The Sanatorium" revolves around the lives of tuberculosis patients at an exclusive Scottish sanatorium including a pair of doomed lovers who choose quality over quantity of life. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1950 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

El torbellino de la vida See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Andrew Crawford was originally going to star but dropped out before filming. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Ramsey: You believe in blowing your own trumpet, don't you?
Kelada: [laughing] What else is a trumpet for?
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Connections

Followed by Encore (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

The Green Cockatoo
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Music by Harold Geller
Lyrics by Bob Howard
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rare treat
15 June 2000 | by guyfawkes1600See all my reviews

My favourite of this obscure series is Mr Knowall. Nigel Patrick gives a professional performance as the irritable , but ultimately likeable Mr kalada... the final sequences are wonderfully constructed and tense.


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