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Trio (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 December 1950 (Denmark)
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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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

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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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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Andrew Crawford was originally going to star but dropped out before filming. See more »

Quotes

Albert Foreman: [to the vicar] I'm too old a dog to learn new tricks, sir.
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Follows Quartet (1948) See more »

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The Green Cockatoo
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Music by Harold Geller
Lyrics by Bob Howard
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shorties from Somerset Maugham
28 May 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

The multi-talented Somerset Maugham wrote these three short stories, which are presented as a collection from British Gainsborough/Paramount Pictures. Each one has a lesson to be learned by the central characters. In the first story, a gentleman who can't read is fired, but then becomes even more successful because of the descisions he is forced to make. In the second, a loud-mouth on a cruise ship finally learns to keep his mouth shut to avoid exposing uncomfortable truths. In the last tale, occupants of a sanatorium argue over the size of their rooms, and so many other things. Each story is introduced by Maugham himself. Directed by two British chaps, sharing the duties... Harold French and Ken Annakin. probably the biggest name here is Jean Simmons.. check her out on wikipedia.org only 500 votes so far on imdb, so they must not have shown this too often on Turner Classics. pretty good stuff from a Great British author (although he was born and died en france).


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