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The film's title card reads: "W. Somerset Maugham's Encore." In the film's opening scene, Maugham is shown walking across a garden. A narrator then states the following: "Here in the garden of his home in France is William Somerset Maugham to introduce Encore." Maugham then states: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm really quite ashamed to face you again. You'll begin to think that I fancy myself as a film star, but I assure you, I don't. And it's because I don't that I'm talking to you from my garden in the Riviera. I thought if you were tired of looking at me, you could look at my garden." Several shots of a garden are displayed. Maugham then states that three more of his stories have been adapted, and while based on real people, they are works of fiction that he hopes provided entertainment. Each segment then opens with an introduction by Maugham, followed by a narrator reading the first lines of the story from a book.
The onscreen writing credit reads: "The three stories adapted for the screen by" followed by the author's name and each Maugham short story title. "The Captain and Miss Reid" appeared in Creatures of Circumstance, a collection of Maugham short stories, as "Winter Cruise." Encore followed the 1950 J. Arthur Rank-Paramount production Trio (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50), which also featured three separate stories by Maugham. That film, in turn, followed the popular 1949 Eagle-Lion British production, Quartet, which featured four stories by the author. Maugham appeared in each film and introduced the stories presented.