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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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Three short stories are introduced by author W. Somerset Maugham in the second of his anthology movie 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 of 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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Andrew Crawford was originally going to appear, but dropped out before filming. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Gray: [Last lines. Laughing] Mr. Know-All?
Kelada: [laughing] Call me Max.
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Three Enjoyable Stories
25 July 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Two years earlier, the film Quartet showcased four W. Somerset Maugham short stories, each introduced by the very charming and humorous author. In 1950, Trio was released, and three more Maugham stories were brought to the big screen.

The first two stories, "The Verger" and "Mr. Know All", were very delightful. Cute, with recognizable character actors like Kathleen Harrison and Wilfrid Hyde-White, and each containing surprise twists to add to the plot. I adored the first two stories, and looked forward to "The Sanatorium", hoping it would be just as enjoyable. To my surprise, it wasn't at all like the preceding two stories. A strict drama, it took place in a tuberculosis sanatorium, exploring the lives of each ill patient. This one could have easily been expanded to the length of a feature film; the supporting characters were all so interesting, I wished they'd been given more time to explore their motivations and story lines. The main storyline was the romance between Jean Simmons and Michael Rennie, but even though they were given the most screen time, I still would have wished for more character development and twists and turns in the plot.

All in all, I'd recommend a viewing of Trio, but if your tastes lean towards cute rather than tragic, I'd recommend you only watch the first two stories. They're very sweet. On the other hand, if you'd like to watch a sad story, you can skip the first two and watch only the last. That's the great thing about a short story compilation; there's something for everyone!


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