Quartet (1948)
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120 min | Drama, Romance

Four of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author. In "The Facts of Life", a young man with great potential on the tennis courts goes to Monte Carlo and ends up doing the exact ...See moreFour of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author. In "The Facts of Life", a young man with great potential on the tennis courts goes to Monte Carlo and ends up 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 lacks 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 See less
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Directors
Ken Annakin (segments: The Colonel's Lady) | Arthur Crabtree (segments: The Kite) | Harold French (segments: The Alien Corn) | Ralph Smart (segments: The Facts of Life)
Writers
W. Somerset Maugham (stories: The Facts of Life, The Alien Corn, The Kite, The Colonel's Lady) | R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
Cinematographers
Ray Elton | Reginald H. Wyer (segments: The Colonel's Lady) (as Reg Wyer)
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Release date
Mar 28, 1949 (United States)
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51 cast members
Name Known for
Basil Radford
Henry Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life") Henry Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Naunton Wayne
Leslie (segment "The Facts of Life") Leslie (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Ian Fleming
Ralph (segment "The Facts of Life") Ralph (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Jack Raine
Thomas (segment "The Facts of Life") Thomas (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Angela Baddeley
Mrs. Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life") Mrs. Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
James Robertson Justice
Branksome (segment "The Facts of Life") Branksome (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Jack Watling
Nicky (segment "The Facts of Life") Nicky (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Nigel Buchanan
John (segment "The Facts of Life") John (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Mai Zetterling
Jeanne (segment "The Facts of Life") Jeanne (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Jean Cavall
Cabaret Artist (segment "The Facts of Life") Cabaret Artist (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
Dirk Bogarde
George Bland (segment "The Alien Corn") George Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
Raymond Lovell
Sir Frederick Bland (segment "The Alien Corn") Sir Frederick Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
Irene Browne
Lady Bland (segment "The Alien Corn") Lady Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
Honor Blackman
Paula (segment "The Alien Corn") Paula (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
George Thorpe
Uncle John (segment "The Alien Corn") Uncle John (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
Mary Hinton
Aunt Maud (segment "The Alien Corn") Aunt Maud (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
Françoise Rosay
Lea Makart (segment "The Alien Corn") Lea Makart (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
Maurice Denham
Coroner (segment "The Alien Corn") Coroner (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
James Hayter
Foreman of the Jury (segment "The Alien Corn") Foreman of the Jury (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
Bernard Lee
Prison Visitor (segment "The Kite") Prison Visitor (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
Frederick Leister
Prison Governor (segment "The Kite") Prison Governor (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
George Merritt
Prison Officer (segment "The Kite") Prison Officer (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
George Cole
Herbert Sunbury (segment "The Kite") Herbert Sunbury (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
David Cole
Herbert (as a boy) (segment "The Kite") Herbert (as a boy) (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
Hermione Baddeley
Beatrice Sunbury (segment "The Kite") Beatrice Sunbury (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
Mervyn Johns
Samuel Sunbury (segment "The Kite") Samuel Sunbury (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
Susan Shaw
Betty Baker (segment "The Kite") Betty Baker (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
Cyril Chamberlain
Reporter (segment "The Kite") Reporter (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
Cecil Parker
Colonel Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Colonel Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Nora Swinburne
Mrs. Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Mrs. Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
J.H. Roberts
West (segment "The Colonel's Lady") West (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Lyn Evans
Bannock (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Bannock (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Cyril Raymond
Railway Passenger (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Railway Passenger (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Claud Allister
1st. Club Man (segment "The Colonel's Lady") (as Claude Allister) 1st. Club Man (segment "The Colonel's Lady") (as Claude Allister)   See fewer
Wilfrid Hyde-White
2nd. Club Man (segment "The Colonel's Lady") (as Wilfred Hyde·White) 2nd. Club Man (segment "The Colonel's Lady") (as Wilfred Hyde·White)   See fewer
Ernest Thesiger
Henry Dashwood (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Henry Dashwood (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Henry Edwards
Duke of Heverel (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Duke of Heverel (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Linden Travers
Daphne (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Daphne (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Felix Aylmer
Martin (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Martin (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
John Salew
John Coleman (critic) (segment "The Colonel's Lady") John Coleman (critic) (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Margaret Withers
Gushing Woman (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Gushing Woman (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Yvonne Owen
1st. Gossip (segment "The Colonel's Lady") 1st. Gossip (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Margaret Thorburn
2nd. Gossip (segment "The Colonel's Lady") 2nd. Gossip (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Hal Osmond
Bookshop Assistant (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Bookshop Assistant (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Ernest Butcher
Blane's Clerk (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Blane's Clerk (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Clive Morton
Henry Blane (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Henry Blane (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
Eileen Joyce
Soundtrack for The Alien Corn Soundtrack for The Alien Corn   See fewer
Johnny Briggs
Boy on Common (segment "The Kite") (uncredited) Boy on Common (segment "The Kite") (uncredited)   See fewer
Arthur Denton
Man on Common (segment "The Kite") (uncredited) Man on Common (segment "The Kite") (uncredited)   See fewer
W. Somerset Maugham
Self - Host (uncredited) Self - Host (uncredited)   See fewer
Marcel Poncin
Frenchman (segment "The Alien Corn") (uncredited) Frenchman (segment "The Alien Corn") (uncredited)   See fewer
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