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The first of three well-received "omnibus" films hosted by Somerset Maugham, Quartet features four of Maugham's most celebrated stories, each introduced by the author himself. In "The Facts of Life," a seemingly innocent British youth (Jack Watling) is targeted for a shakedown by a beautiful adventuress (Mai Zetterling), while Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne perform their usual brilliant byplay. In "The Alien Corn," a young aristocrat (Dirk Bogarde) hopes to become a professional concert pianist. "The Kite" tells the story of a preoccupied inventor (George Cole) who places his hobbies ahead of his wife (Susan Shaw) as an indirect means of defying his dominating mother (Hermione Badderly). The film concludes with "The Colonel's Lady," wherein the title character (Nora Swinburne) embarrasses her stuffy husband (Cecil Parker) by publishing a torrid volume of romantic poetry. Each of the short tales in Quartet possesses its own mood, pace and rhythm, and each is a gem in its own right. The popularity of Quartet resulted in two more Maugham compendiums, Trio and Encore, not to mention the multistoried American film O. Henry's Full House. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Basil Radford
as Henry Garnet
Dirk Bogarde
as George Bland
Jack Raine
as Thomas
George Cole
as Herbert Sunbury
Cecil Parker
as Col. Peregrine
Angela Baddeley
as Mrs. Garnet
Nora Swinburne
as Mrs. Peregrine
Raymond Lovell
as Sir Frederick Bland
Irene Browne
as Lady Bland
George Thorpe
as Uncle John
Mary Hinton
as Aunt Maud
Françoise Rosay
as Lea Makart
Bernard Lee
as Prison Visitor
George Merritt
as Prison Officer
David Cole
as Herbeil boy
Hermione Baddeley
as Beatrice Sunbury
Mervyn Johns
as Samuel Sunbury
Claud Allister
as First Club Man
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Second Club Man
Ernest Thesiger
as Henry Dashwood
Henry Edwards
as Duke of Cleverel
John Salew
as John Coleman
Lynn Evans
as Bannock
Cyril Raymond
as Railway Passenger
Clive Morton
as Henry Blane
Margaret Withers
as Gushing Woman
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