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The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948)

This musical tells the tales of two movie extras who abscond to an expensive resort with their costumes and pretend to be aristocrats. Included in the film are ice skating numbers and songs.

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Peg Manning
Michael Kirby ...
Lt. Paul Von Cram
Arthur Treacher ...
Hotel Managing Director
Hugh French ...
Count Holgar
Ransom M. Sherman ...
Mr. Hansen (as Ransom Sherman)
Freddie Trenkler ...
Skating Specialty
John James ...
Freddie
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Assistant Director Jensen
Joseph Crehan ...
Joe
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Charlie
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Karen Kirsten (Sonja Henie) and her Jenny Johnsen (Olga San Juan) are two friends about to enter the movie business. After a failed cast in The Countess of Monte Cristo, they run away from the set in an expensive car and clothes and head for a luxury ski resort impersonating a countess and her maid to have some fun only to find themselves involved with a hotel thief (Hugh French) and having a romantic affair with Lt. Paul von Kram (Michael Kirby). Include some spectacular skating and musical numbers. Written by Super Star

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A Musical Ice-Travaganza!

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Comedy | Romance

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November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Condessa de Monte Cristo  »

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Trivia

Susanna Foster declined to portray Jenny Johnsen, the maid. Reportedly, Miss Foster quipped that top-billed Sonja Henie ought to be playing HER maid. Olga San Juan replaced her as she had also done in "One Touch of Venus." See more »

Quotes

Hotel Managing Director: We have a charming suite on the fourth floor overlooking the mountains
Karen Kirsten: It won't do
Hotel Managing Director: Why not, your ladyship?
Jenny Johnsen: The Countess never takes the first thing that's offered
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Connections

Remake of The Countess of Monte Cristo (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Count Your Blessings
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Saul Chaplin
Sung by Olga San Juan and Sonja Henie (dubbed by Martha Mears (uncredited))
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Nice easy viewing light hearted musical skating comedy
23 September 2014 | by (Barcelona) – See all my reviews

Nice musical comedy starring great skater Sonja Henie as a false countess and Olga San Juan as her maid looking for fun in a ski resort. Pay special attention to the Carmen Miranda style number, including non skating routines that miss Henie plays pretty well. Not being an actress she plays the role in a very convincing way. Also a mention to Olga San Juan, an underrated actress that sadly made only a few films although her comedy talent deserved better roles. Michael Kirby as Henie's love interest and Hugh French as her partner in crime do also play their roles properly. Character actor Arthur O'Connell -here without moustache- plays an assistant director in his usual well doing way. Other appearances include Ray Teal -Bonanza sheriff- and Dorothy Hart as Michael Kirby's fiancée. A pity that it wasn't filmed in bright Technicolor as it was originally planned to be.


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