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23 July 1932 (USA) See more »
International con artist Martha Hicks a.k.a. Countess von Claudwig is released from another stay in... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alison Skipworth ... Countess von Claudwig / Martha Hicks
Richard Bennett ... Elmer Hicks

George Raft ... Jack Houston
John Breeden ... David Butterworth
Evalyn Knapp ... Alice Hicks
Gertrude Messinger ... Patsy Hicks
Robert McWade ... James Butterworth
J. Farrell MacDonald ... John Adams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Apfel ... J. Harrington Hagney (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Frankie (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... Gus, the Desk Clerk (uncredited)
George Barbier ... Warden George Waddell (uncredited)
Frank Beal ... Appleby - Bank Director (uncredited)
Bonita ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Ed Brady ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Rita Carlyle ... Inquisitive convict (uncredited)
Anna Chandler ... Stella (uncredited)
Winter Hall ... Minister (uncredited)
Arthur Raymond Hill ... Shanks (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Shiffem (uncredited)
William Humphrey ... Bank Director (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Bank Director (uncredited)
Edgar Lewis ... Bank Director (uncredited)
Kate Morgan ... Maxine (uncredited)
Nellie V. Nichols ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Bank Director (uncredited)
Cora Shumway ... Matron (uncredited)
Oscar Smith ... Train Porter (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Arthur Gregory (uncredited)
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Mrs. Donkenspeil (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Wagstaff Gribble 
Alexander Hall 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Malcolm Stuart Boylan 
Harvey Gates 

Produced by
Harry Wagstaff Gribble .... producer
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Henry Sharp 
Casting by
Mel Ballerino (uncredited)
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joe Egli .... casting assistant (uncredited)

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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Countess von Claudwig:I manage to pick up something nice wherever I go.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Countess, if You Please, 27 June 2005
Author: boblipton from New York City

Alison Skipworth, now best remembered for appearing opposite W. C. Fields -- you do know who Fields was, don't you? -- has a great role in this comedy about a paroled, unregenerate confidence woman who stops at the hotel her abandoned husband runs to shake him down and winds up mothering the daughters she abandoned twenty years before.

Miss Skipworth, whose mien and girth suggest a competitor to MGM's Marie Dressler, is ably assisted in this movie by various silent stars, including Richard Bennet as her husband and J. Farrell Macdonald in a wonderful turn as the light-footed federal officer who has been arresting her for twenty years. Some good acting, some very funny situations and some fairly convincing confidence games makes this an excellent funny movie.

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