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A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  15 March 1967 (USA)
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Natascha, a White Russian countess, stows away on a luxury liner at Hong Kong, determined to seek a new life in America. Natascha hides in the cabin of Ogden Mears, a millionaire diplomat, ... See full summary »

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Harvey
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Martha
Patrick Cargill ...
Hudson
Michael Medwin ...
John Felix
Oliver Johnston ...
Clark
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The Captain
Angela Scoular ...
The Society Girl
Margaret Rutherford ...
Miss Gaulswallow
Peter Bartlett ...
Steward
Bill Nagy ...
Crawford
Dilys Laye ...
Saleswoman
Angela Pringle ...
Baroness
Jenny Bridges ...
Countess
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Natascha, a White Russian countess, stows away on a luxury liner at Hong Kong, determined to seek a new life in America. Natascha hides in the cabin of Ogden Mears, a millionaire diplomat, thereby causing an endless stream of misunderstandings and complications; particularly when his wife, Martha, joins the trip at Honolulu, necessitating a 'marriage' to Ogden's valet, Hudson, a saronged-dive overboard and more subterfuge on the part of Ogdon and his associate, Harvey. Written by alfiehitchie & tipsyheadrinse

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Fun at Sea! His Cabin, His PJs, Her Move!

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Comedy | Romance

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15 March 1967 (USA)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Chaplin wanted Al Jolson to record the theme song "This Is My Song", and only accepted that Jolson died in 1950 when shown a picture of his grave. The song, with Chaplin's old-fashioned lyrics, proved difficult to record, with Petula Clark very reluctant, and Harry Secombe dissolving into giggles when he tried to sing the words. See more »

Goofs

During "everybody is getting sea-sick" scene Ogden, Natascha and Harvey push an ashtray around the table until Ogden angrily swipes it off the table. Shortly after it's back on the table in front of Natascha's chair and in the next shot it moves over to be in front of Ogden's chair, although nobody is at the table at that time. See more »

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Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) See more »

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(Love,) This Is My Song
Written by Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)
Performed by Petula Clark
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not as bad as critics made out
28 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

an interesting curio as Chaplin's last film. Loren is ravishingly beautiful and carries the whole film well on her shoulders. Brando badly miscast, he shows some great timing in the madcap farce rushing around scenes, but try to imagine how Rex Harrison could have done this type of slamming doors and hiding farce as the uptight diplomat exasperated with his stowaway - think My Fair Lady. Brando's mumbling performance just does not gel. Apparently he had disagreements with Chaplin and maybe was sulking.

Very nice cameos from Margaret Rutherford (British films of the 50s Miss Marple) and Angelar Scoular (batty girl like in her performance in On Her Majesty's Secret Service), also great comedy performance from Patrick Cargill (British TV comedy and a memorable No 2 in the Prisoner) as the butler. Excellent acting going on here.

It is dull to start with, static camera like silent films, stagy, and obvious studio sets, but by the time the sea sickness scene came along I was laughing and drawn in. The post marriage bedroom scene is funny.

There is a scene at the bar with Sydney Chaplin (Charlie's son) where he tries to distract Michael Medwin, where Sydney looks amazingly like Charlie in attitude and timing - but this is probably due to diligent direction by his father.

A really nice theme music from Charlie again. Yes, it is old fashioned, a filmed play, was absolutely released in the wrong decade, with the wrong leading man, but does show some of the Chaplin traits and even perhaps genius, certainly his humanist philosophy in the treatment of homeless or stateless persons.

A real shame it was so savaged by critics at the time and disappointed him in his old age. He deserved better for his lifetime contribution to the art of film.


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