The New Pictures, Feb. 21, 1949

Quartet (Rank; Eagle Lion), British cinema's talent-studded gift to Somerset Maugham on his 75th birthday, is a neatly packaged film based on four unrelated Maugham short stories. Expertly scripted by R. C. Sherriff (Odd Man Out, This Above All, etc.) and urbanely introduced by Author Maugham himself, it also makes a handsomely mounted gift for moviegoers who don't insist on all the Hollywood formulas.

Story No. i (The Facts of Life) is a pleasant, inconsequential gag and No. 2 (The Alien Corn) a piece of out & out bathos. But script No. 3 is a solid bite of meatiest Maugham. The Kite...

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