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Count Three and Pray (1955)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Luke Fargo
Albert Loomis (as Phil Carey)
Yancey Huggins
Georgina Decrais
Myron Healey ...
Floyd Miller
Matty Miller
Richard Webb ...
Kathryn Givney ...
Mrs. Decrais
Robert Burton ...


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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Release Date:

October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Calico Pony  »

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While Joanne Woodward had appeared in numerous television productions prior to this, this movie marked her debut in film. See more »


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 »


Holy Holy Holy
Music by Reginald Heber and lyrics by John B. Dykes
Performed by the cast
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Great Cast Rises to the Story
10 May 2004 | by (Indianapolis Indiana) – See all my reviews

Herb Meadows wrote the original story "The Calico Pony" that this movie was based on, and this was its shooting title.

Van Heflin was great as Luke Fargo, Joanne Woodward in her film debut is okay, but a bit tiresome and "Methody" in her performance. She does a nice job but is not as appealing as a Debbie Reynolds-Tammy backwoods type.

The supporting cast including Raymond Burr, Jean Willes, and Kathryn Givney are terrific. Best of all is Allison Hayes as the rich girl gone bad. Her performance is amazing and seems slightly truncated so that she could get NO audience sympathy. Some of her dialog is delivered over closeups of Woodward. No other female character is allowed to be sympathetic at all, even Nancy Kulp as made shrewish and mean to Woodward's benefit.

This makes the story suffer - but Heflin, Burr, and Hayes make it a very interesting nearly-forgotten movie.

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