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Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite... Sat. night prime time


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Thanks, TCM, for bringing us an evening's worth of movies based on Somerset Maugham novels tonight. I don't think I've ever watched Beachcomber but will make sure to record that. Many of them are old favorites, but I don't mind revisiting. :)


*The Letter* (1940) 8pm ET

A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.

Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort Dir: William Wyler BW-95 mins, TV-PG


*Quartet* (1948) 10pm ET

W. Somerset Maugham introduces four of his most famous short stories.

Cast: Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Ian Fleming, Jack Raine Dir: Ken Annakin, Arthur Crabtree, Harold French, Ralph Smart. BW-120 mins, TV-PG


*The Painted Veil* (1934) 12:15am ET

A wife strays, then fights to redeem herself to her husband.

Cast: Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall, George Brent, Warner Oland Dir: Richard Boleslawski BW-85 mins, TV-G


*Miss Sadie Thompson* (1953) 1:45am ET

A moralist sets out to reform the legendary South Seas floozy.

Cast: Rita Hayworth, Jose Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins Dir: Curtis Bernhardt C-90 mins, TV-14


*Beachcomber* (1954) 3:30am ET

A female missionary teams with a drunken beachcomber to save a South Seas island during an epidemic.

Cast: Glynis Johns, Robert Newton, Donald Sinden, Paul Rogers Dir: Muriel Box BW-84 mins, TV-G

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You're right. It's a lot of angst for one night. I was happy to finally see "The Painted Veil", however, having enjoyed the recent remake. I'm not a huge Garbo fan, but I thought she underplayed nicely in this. Also a reminder of what good, solid players Herbert Marshall and George Brent were.

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