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The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 30 September 1954 (USA)
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At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Harry Dawes
Ava Gardner ... Maria Vargas
Edmond O'Brien ... Oscar Muldoon
Marius Goring ... Alberto Bravano
Valentina Cortese ... Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)
Rossano Brazzi ... Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini
Elizabeth Sellars ... Jerry
Warren Stevens ... Kirk Edwards
Franco Interlenghi ... Pedro Vargas
Mari Aldon ... Myrna
Alberto Rabagliati Alberto Rabagliati ... Proprietor
Enzo Staiola ... Busboy
Maria Zanoli Maria Zanoli ... Maria's Mother
Renato Chiantoni ... Maria's Father
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... J. Montague Brown
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At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards scouted her at a shabby nightclub where she worked as a flamenco dancer. He convinces her to take a chance on acting and her first film is a huge hit. PR man Oscar Muldoon remembers when Maria was in court supporting her father who was accused of murdering her mother. It was Maria's testimony that got him off and she was a bigger star than ever. Alberto Bravano, one of the richest men in South America, sets his sights on Maria and she goes off with him - as much to make Edwards angry as anything - but he treats her badly. When she meets Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini they fall deeply in love. They are married but theirs is not to be a happy life. Written by garykmcd

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At first Edmond O'Brien wasn't sure about taking the supporting role, as he was getting star billing at the time. But Humphrey Bogart convinced him that the role and he were a perfect match. See more »

Goofs

When Edwards sends Muldoon to talk to Maria the second time, the glass sitting next to the bottle is noticeably further away when he returns. See more »

Quotes

Harry Dawes: The hardest thing in the world is getting an actor to stand still.
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The last act could lose twenty minutes easily
14 March 2018 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This starts very well, more than a little reminiscent of Sunset Boulevard, with initially Humphrey Bogart as the narrator. This is probably one of Bogart's finest performances, certainly his is a stand out performance in this fairytale romance that can never have a happy end because that is where we come in, in the graveyard. Ava Gardner is good, I don't know about the claims as to her fabulous beauty, Blue Ray does her no favours, exposing the thickness of make-up but her costumes also seem most constricting and unflattering. But she puts in a good performance, especially in her scenes with Bogart. It is just a shame that the promise at the start of some Hollywood expose and an attack upon the bullying and abusive producers comes to nothing and we talk once more of Cinderella. The last act could lose twenty minutes easily and indeed I would remove the entire performance of Valentina Cortese as the Count's sister who does not help at all as we descend into an appalling Hollywood cop out ending. Remains watchable, however, for the first half, Ava's early scenes and the complete Bogart performance only a couple of years before his death.


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Release Date:

30 September 1954 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

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$17,018
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Transoceanic Film, Figaro See more »
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| (dvd release) (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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