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Count Three and Pray (1955)

Approved | | Western | October 1955 (USA)
A pastor with a shady past moves into a rural town just after the Civil War.

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Luke Fargo
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Lissy
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Albert Loomis (as Phil Carey)
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Yancey Huggins
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Georgina Decrais
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Floyd Miller
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Matty Miller
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Swallow
Richard Webb ...
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Kathryn Givney ...
Mrs. Decrais
Robert Burton ...
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A pastor with a shady past moves into a rural town just after the Civil War.

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The rowdy , rousing , rollicking story of Luke Fargo ... and his three women ! See more »

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The Calico Pony  »

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Joanne's middle daughter is supposedly named after the character she played in this. See more »

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The song, "Little Brown Jug", is heard at the church's dedication ceremony. This song song was written in 1869 but the film is set just after the American Civil War, most likely around 1866-7. See more »

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Little Brown Jug
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Solid vehicle for Heflin...an unusual western with amusing asides
21 December 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Post-Civil War southerner--who left his small town for battle with the reputation of a brawler and a womanizer--returns home a changed man; he has heard God's calling, and intends to build a church from scratch and be its self-appointed parson. Rather offbeat, entertaining, if modest western drama from screenwriter Herb Meadow (adapting his short story, "Calico Pony") offers a strong starring role for Van Heflin. Focused and determined, but not above a little unorthodox behavior, Heflin's Luke Fargo is a charming, thoroughly-realized creation: a man who wants to preach but isn't even sure how to begin a prayer. The film has lightly humorous character bits, also a ready-made villain in Raymond Burr (whose determination to trip Fargo up at every juncture is never made quite clear). Joanne Woodward debuts as a scruffy, orphaned tomboy; she's miscast, and is used mostly for comic relief, but she manages to make a connection with the audience--and with Heflin, although their final walk together (however subtly presented) is a bit tough to swallow. Not a big, rousing western, though completely unpretentious and engaging on a minor level. **1/2 from ****


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