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Quartet (1948)

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120 min | Drama, Romance

Four of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself. In the first story, The Facts of Life, a young man with great potential on the tennis courts goes to Monte Carlo and soon finds ...See moreFour of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself. In the first story, The Facts of Life, a young man with great potential on the tennis courts goes to Monte Carlo and soon finds himself 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 likely hasn't 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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Mar 28, 1949 (United States)
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51 cast members
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Basil Radford
Henry Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life") Henry Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Naunton Wayne
Leslie (segment "The Facts of Life") Leslie (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Ian Fleming
Ralph (segment "The Facts of Life") Ralph (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Jack Raine
Thomas (segment "The Facts of Life") Thomas (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Angela Baddeley
Mrs. Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life") Mrs. Garnet (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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James Robertson Justice
Branksome (segment "The Facts of Life") Branksome (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Jack Watling
Nicky (segment "The Facts of Life") Nicky (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Nigel Buchanan
John (segment "The Facts of Life") John (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Mai Zetterling
Jeanne (segment "The Facts of Life") Jeanne (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Jean Cavall
Cabaret Artist (segment "The Facts of Life") Cabaret Artist (segment "The Facts of Life")   See fewer
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Dirk Bogarde
George Bland (segment "The Alien Corn") George Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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Raymond Lovell
Sir Frederick Bland (segment "The Alien Corn") Sir Frederick Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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Irene Browne
Lady Bland (segment "The Alien Corn") Lady Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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Honor Blackman
Paula (segment "The Alien Corn") Paula (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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George Thorpe
Uncle John (segment "The Alien Corn") Uncle John (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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Mary Hinton
Aunt Maud (segment "The Alien Corn") Aunt Maud (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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Françoise Rosay
Lea Makart (segment "The Alien Corn") Lea Makart (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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Maurice Denham
Coroner (segment "The Alien Corn") Coroner (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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James Hayter
Foreman of the Jury (segment "The Alien Corn") Foreman of the Jury (segment "The Alien Corn")   See fewer
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Bernard Lee
Prison Visitor (segment "The Kite") Prison Visitor (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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Frederick Leister
Prison Governor (segment "The Kite") Prison Governor (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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George Merritt
Prison Officer (segment "The Kite") Prison Officer (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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George Cole
Herbert Sunbury (segment "The Kite") Herbert Sunbury (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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David Cole
Herbert (as a boy) (segment "The Kite") Herbert (as a boy) (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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Hermione Baddeley
Beatrice Sunbury (segment "The Kite") Beatrice Sunbury (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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Mervyn Johns
Samuel Sunbury (segment "The Kite") Samuel Sunbury (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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Susan Shaw
Betty Baker (segment "The Kite") Betty Baker (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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Cyril Chamberlain
Reporter (segment "The Kite") Reporter (segment "The Kite")   See fewer
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Cecil Parker
Colonel Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Colonel Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Nora Swinburne
Mrs. Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Mrs. Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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J.H. Roberts
West (segment "The Colonel's Lady") West (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Lyn Evans
Bannock (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Bannock (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Cyril Raymond
Railway Passenger (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Railway Passenger (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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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
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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
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Ernest Thesiger
Henry Dashwood (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Henry Dashwood (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Henry Edwards
Duke of Heverel (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Duke of Heverel (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Linden Travers
Daphne (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Daphne (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Felix Aylmer
Martin (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Martin (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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John Salew
John Coleman (critic) (segment "The Colonel's Lady") John Coleman (critic) (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Margaret Withers
Gushing Woman (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Gushing Woman (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Yvonne Owen
1st. Gossip (segment "The Colonel's Lady") 1st. Gossip (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Margaret Thorburn
2nd. Gossip (segment "The Colonel's Lady") 2nd. Gossip (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Hal Osmond
Bookshop Assistant (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Bookshop Assistant (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Ernest Butcher
Blane's Clerk (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Blane's Clerk (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Clive Morton
Henry Blane (segment "The Colonel's Lady") Henry Blane (segment "The Colonel's Lady")   See fewer
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Eileen Joyce
Soundtrack for The Alien Corn Soundtrack for The Alien Corn   See fewer
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Johnny Briggs
Boy on Common (segment "The Kite") (uncredited) Boy on Common (segment "The Kite") (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Denton
Man on Common (segment "The Kite") (uncredited) Man on Common (segment "The Kite") (uncredited)   See fewer
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W. Somerset Maugham
Himself - Host (uncredited) Himself - Host (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marcel Poncin
Frenchman (segment "The Alien Corn") (uncredited) Frenchman (segment "The Alien Corn") (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 662 votes