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.

By: GM


Release details

86 mins

Cast and crew

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