The New Pictures, Oct. 30, 1950

Trio (Gainsborough; Paramount) is a second helping of Somerset Maugham short stories, put together on the successful recipe of last year's Quartet (TIME, Feb. 21, 1949). Like its predecessor, the new British film reflects Author Maugham's gentle but persuasive art of storytelling, his gift for irony, his alertness to minor human crises in small events, and his British wariness of emotional excess in big ones.

As in Quartet, Maugham himself greets the audience with a foreword. This time he urbanely introduces each of the three stories as well. He also has a somewhat...

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