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Encore (1951 film)

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Film series  Quartet Film Series
Country  United Kingdom
7/10 IMDb

4.8/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Music director  Richard Addinsell
Language  English
Encore (1951 film) movie poster
Director  Pat Jackson Anthony Pelissier Harold French
Writer  T. E. B. Clarke, Eric Ambler
Release date  14 November 1951
Directors  Harold French, Anthony Pelissier, Pat Jackson
Cast  Nigel Patrick (Tom Ramsay), Roland Culver (George Ramsay), Alison Leggatt (Freda Ramsay), Charles Victor (Mr. Bateman), Peter Graves (Philip Cronshaw), Margaret Withers (Mrs. Bateman)
Similar movies  Encore and Trio are part of the same movie series

Encore 1951 w somerset maugham

Encore is a 1951 anthology film composed of adaptations of three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham:


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  • "The Ant and the Grasshopper", directed by Pat Jackson and adapted by T. E. B. Clarke;
  • "Winter Cruise" (from the 1947 collection of Maugham stories Creatures of Circumstance), helmed by Anthony Pelissier, screenplay by Arthur Macrae;
  • "Gigolo and Gigolette" (from the 1940 collection of Maugham stories The Mixture as Before), directed by Harold French, written by Eric Ambler.

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    Maugham introduces each part of the film with a piece to camera from his garden on the French Riviera. "Encore" is the last film in a Maugham trilogy, preceded by Quartet and Trio. The film was entered into the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.

    Encore 1951 glynis johns dives 80 feet into a lake of flames

    "The Ant and the Grasshopper"

    Idle Tom Ramsay (Nigel Patrick) continually borrows from his hard-working brother George (Roland Culver). George later puts up the Ramsay estate for sale so he can buy out his business partner, despite Tom's protests. Shortly afterwards, George is approached by car dealer Philip Cronshaw (Peter Graves), who notifies him that Tom has stolen one of his automobiles. To avoid a scandal, George pays for it. However, it was a fraud; Cronshaw and Tom split George's money.

    While squandering his ill-gotten funds, Tom discovers that Gertrude Wilmot (Margaret Vyner), the third richest woman in the world, is staying at the same seaside resort. He becomes acquainted with her, then (aware that she is fed up with lying admirers) frankly admits that he is a scoundrel attracted to her great wealth. Surprisingly, this approach works and they become engaged.

    Tom pays George back for all the money he took over the years. When George complains about the injustice of Tom not having to work for his good fortune, Tom mentions that Gertrude is buying the family estate.

    "Winter Cruise"

    English spinster Molly Reid (Kay Walsh) takes a sea cruise to Jamaica. To the annoyance of the other passengers and the crew, she talks non-stop on the outbound voyage. When the captain (Noel Purcell) learns that she will be returning on the same ship, he decides that something must be done to save the sanity of the crew. The ship's doctor (Ronald Squire) suggests setting her up with a suitor. Pierre (Jacques Fran├žois), the steward, is ordered to keep Molly occupied. The plan works; the crew's ears are spared, though Molly tells Pierre that she knows he is not in love with her. When disembarking from the ship, Molly tells the captain and crew that she knew all along that the romance had been arranged.

    "Gigolo and Gigolette"

    In Monte Carlo, Stella (Glynis Johns) and Syd Cotman (Terence Morgan) have a very successful nightclub act. She dives from a great height into a small, shallow tank of water. However, a visit by Flora (Mary Merrall) and Carlo Penezzi (Martin Miller) unnerves her. The older Penezzis used to have a similarly dangerous act: Flora was shot out of a cannon. Stella and Syd argue when she refuses to dive a second time each night, forcing Syd to change their contract with the nightclub manager.

    In desperation, Stella takes their life savings and attempts to win enough at the gambling tables so she can quit, but loses everything. Syd is infuriated when he finds out.

    With no choice, she goes on with the act, even though she is terrified that she will eventually be killed. When Flora tells Syd how frightened his wife is, he rushes up the tower to stop her. But she, seeing his concern, dives safely into the tank.

    "The Ant and the Grasshopper"

  • Nigel Patrick as Tom Ramsay
  • Roland Culver as George Ramsay
  • Alison Leggatt as Freda Ramsay
  • Peter Graves as Philip Cronshaw
  • Margaret Vyner as Gertrude Wilmot
  • Michael Trubshawe as Ascot Man
  • "Winter Cruise"

  • Kay Walsh as Miss Molly Reid
  • Noel Purcell as Captain Tom
  • Ronald Squire as the ship's doctor
  • John Laurie as Andrews, the engineer
  • Jacques Fran├žois as Pierre, the steward
  • "Gigolo and Gigolette"

  • Glynis Johns as Stella Cotman
  • Terence Morgan as Syd Cotman
  • Mary Merrall as Flora Penezzi
  • Martin Miller as Carlo Penezzi
  • Reception

    The film was a box office hit.


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