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A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

G  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  15 March 1967 (USA)
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In Hong Kong, the wealthy Ogden Mears is traveling in a transatlantic and is near to be assigned Saudi Arabia Ambassador and is divorcing from his wife Martha. His friend Harvey and he are ... 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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In Hong Kong, the wealthy Ogden Mears is traveling in a transatlantic and is near to be assigned Saudi Arabia Ambassador and is divorcing from his wife Martha. His friend Harvey and he are invited by their old friend Clark to go to a nightclub with three aristocratic Russian refugees on their last night. Ogden drinks too much and spends the night with Countess Natascha. On the next morning, while sailing back home, Ogdeb finds Natascha hidden in his cabin wearing a ball gown and with no documents. The stowaway explains that she wants to go to the United States and Ogden is worried with his career. But Harvey convinces him to help Natascha. Ogden falls in love with Natascha and together with Harvey, they plot a fake marriage of Natascha with his valet Hudson. But things get complicated when immigration requests her documents and Martha arrives on board. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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15 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Una condesa de Hong Kong  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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The only feature film by Charles Chaplin to be funded by a major studio, Universal. Also, he had the largest budget of all his films, $2 million. See more »

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Natasha's hair while standing on the railing ready to take a plunge off the boat that docked at the Hawai harbor changes from being blown by the wind to a neat hairdo with every lock in place. See more »

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(Love,) This Is My Song
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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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