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Time Out says

After the success of Dead of Night in the mid-1940s, portmanteau pictures enjoyed something of a vogue in British cinema. This is the third film adapted from Somerset Maugham's short stories. It starts brightly enough with 'The Ant and the Grasshopper' (script, TEB Clarke). A typically English variation on The Rake's Progress, this follows an upper-class ne'er-do-well who sponges mercilessly off his brother. 'Winter Cruise' (Arthur MacRae), set on an ocean liner, and 'Gigolo and Gigolette' (Eric Ambler), about a circus performer who loses her nerve, are less convincing, if only because their endings seem so contrived. Maugham introduces the stories himself.

Release Details

  • Duration:86 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Pat Jackson, Anthony Pélissier, Harold French
  • Screenwriter:TEB Clarke, Arthur MacRae, Eric Ambler
  • Cast:
    • Nigel Patrick
    • Roland Culver
    • Alison Leggatt
    • Kay Walsh
    • Noel Purcell
    • Terence Morgan
    • Ferdy Mayne
    • John Laurie
    • Glynis Johns
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