Lord Loam and his family are shipwrecked on a desert island, where his manservant proves the undisputed leader.
In the trenches during World War I, a private is court-martialled and shot for desertion.
Four stranded sailors come upon the ghostly Royal Navy captain of a ghostly World War II ship.
Prisoners-of-war on a Greek island during World War II recruit the aid of their sympathetic camp commandant in harassing the SS.
Escape plans of officers in a prisoner-of-war camp are threatened by an informer.
Four outlaws accept the job of blowing up a government arsenal in Mexico.
In 1910, a Bavarian disciple of Dracula lures a British honeymoon couple.
Sparta leads the ancient Greek states against Persia’s attack at Thermopylae.
A man ignores a warning to stay away from a sinister house; when someone drowns close by, he finds the evidence doesn’t add up…
A coroner has his suspicions as to who murdered the deceased.
A wealthy author looks for material in a thief and a typist.
The head of the purity league is drawn into an adulterous flirtation.
A man-about-town wakes up after a binge to find himself in the flat of a girl, whose father insists he marries her.
A useless secretary and his private detective friend try to help an heiress from being swindled by her guardian.
In old Vienna, a tenor finds that a glamorous socialite wants him for his voice rather than himself.
In Vienna, a diminutive tenor falls in love whilst striving for success.
An impressionable youth pursues an opera singer’s niece and has trouble with stolen jewels.
A travelling salesman has his car stolen and stands up to the sadistic gang boss responsible.
During the Great War, a number of captured British officers attempt to escape a prisoner-of-war camp.
Three more Somerset Maugham short stories introduced by the author.
In 1900 Peking, Boxer fanatics are encouraged by the Empress to take over the city and besiege the international diplomatic quarter; an American major leads the defence.
A British traitor in Moscow is given a new face and sent back home, where he becomes a double agent.
Life in a Borstal institution.
An unsuccessful rock group, twisting around London’s clubs, saves an heiress from the clutches of an unscrupulous singer.
An account of London’s sordid Christie murders of the forties.