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Encore (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | July 1952 (USA)
Adaptations of three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham comprise this anthology film where the celebrated author introduces each segment of the film in front of the camera.

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Eric Ambler (the three stories adapted for the screen by), T.E.B. Clarke (the three stories adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Patrick ... Tom Ramsay (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Roland Culver ... George Ramsay (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Freda Ramsay (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mr. Bateman (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Peter Graves ... Philip Cronshaw (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Margaret Withers Margaret Withers ... Mrs. Bateman (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Margaret Vyner ... Gertrude Wilmot (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Dorothy Bramhall Dorothy Bramhall ... Secretary (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Patricia Raine Patricia Raine ... Office Girl (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Campbell Cotts Campbell Cotts ... Club Member (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Michael Trubshawe ... Ascot Man (segment "The Ant and the Grasshopper")
Kay Walsh ... Miss Molly Reid (segment "Winter Cruise")
Noel Purcell ... Tom, Captain (segment "Winter Cruise")
Ronald Squire ... Doctor (segment "Winter Cruise")
John Laurie ... Andrews, Engineer (segment "Winter Cruise")
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Storyline

The film is made from three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham. The first, "The Ant and the Grasshopper" concerns the trials and tribulations a ne'er-do-well brother, Tom Ramsey, puts his prim-and-proper businessman brother, George Ramsey through. The escapades that drive George to absolute distraction eventually wins the hand of the world's third richest girl, Margaret Vyne, for shiftless Tom; "Winter Cruise" finds the crew of a cargo boat becoming unglued by the endless chatter of a spinster passenger named Miss Reid. In a desperate attempt to silence the prattling busybody, the ship's officers browbeat a French steward, Pierre into making love to her. The results provide some astounding surprises for the officers, Pierre, and, for certain, Miss Reid; In "The Gigolo and the Gigolette" segment, beautiful daredevil Stella Cotman, who entertains the jaded guests of a resort hotel by diving nightly from an eighty-foot platform into a flaming tank, is losing her nerve. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's like eavesdropping on life itself! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 kohtaloa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In "The Ant and the Grasshopper" and "Winter Cruise", several characters order pink gin cocktails. This is made with sweet gin, Angostura bitters, and lemon rind. See more »

Quotes

Miss Molly Reid: I always say that when a lady is a lady, gentlemen will be gentlemen.
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Crazy Credits

The shape of the words A Two Cities Film matches the shape of the bridge directly behind it during the opening credits. See more »

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Follows Quartet (1948) See more »

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More Than You Know
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Edward Eliscu and Billy Rose
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Encore Is A Mixed Bag
22 November 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Overall I rate 'Encore' a 7, but the stories vary greatly. I liked the first one the best, as I thoroughly enjoyed Nigel Patrick's portrayal of a devil-may-care wastrel who sponges off his hard-working brother but always seems to land on his feet. As with all Maugham stories the dialogue is sophisticated and clever, so much so that you listen intently for the next juicy morsel so as not to miss any.

The second story is more subtle, the dialogue more droll and understated than the first, and I thought Kay Walsh was delightful as the gabby-guts spinster. The ship's crew becomes more desperate and exasperated and the circumstances funnier as the voyage drags on until the ambiguous ending. I thought this story captured the essence of Maugham's erudition and sense of humor better than the other two.

I disagree with other reviewers in that I thought the last story about the diving act was the weakest of the three, and it was the longest. It lacks credulity and is a humorless exercise in tedium, and I really couldn't imagine going to a fancy restaurant to watch a 30 second high diving act. The love-story angle is not really compelling but is brought to life by Glynis Johns, who did the best she could.

On the whole, it was well-done and with the added bonus of having Somerset Maugham himself introduce each segment. 'Encore' is well worth your time.


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