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Count Three and Pray (1955)

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

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Herb Meadow (dialogue), Herb Meadow (story "Calico Pony")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Luke Fargo
Joanne Woodward ... Lissy
Philip Carey ... Albert Loomis (as Phil Carey)
Raymond Burr ... Yancey Huggins
Allison Hayes ... Georgina Decrais
Myron Healey ... Floyd Miller
Nancy Kulp ... Matty Miller
James Griffith ... Swallow
Richard Webb ... Big
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. Decrais
Robert Burton ... Bishop
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Storyline

A pastor with a shady past moves into a rural town just after the Civil War.

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A whip-wielding woman ... a gun-toting girl ... and a hate-loaded town ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Calico Pony See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Copa Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Georgina DeCrais gets into her carriage after being handed her package by Yancy Huggins, her dress gets caught in the door of the carriage. After her horses run off, she exits the carriage from the opposite side and her dress being caught doesn't stop her from exiting. See more »

Soundtracks

Holy Holy Holy
Music by Reginald Heber and lyrics by John B. Dykes
Performed by the cast
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last half-hour very enjoyable after disappointing first half-hour
15 October 2011 | by chipeSee all my reviews

Most movies garner your interest in the beginning. You are intrigued and wonder how things will work out. That is the easy part. The difficult part is how to solve the puzzle, put the pieces together in an entertaining and clever way. Therefore, the conclusions of most movies fall apart.

"Count Three and Pray" reversed this. The first half-hour was maddening slow, boring, clichéd and predictable. It was also unrealistic as would-be preacher Heflin went about building a church building and congregation from scratch -- what with no money, friends and a hostile community. I was ready to fast-forward to the end, but didn't.

The last half-hour was marvelous, though. It moved along quickly. The problems and solutions were unexpected and clever. It was heart-warming, believable and even somewhat religious. Gave me a good feeling. I recommend this to single adults and entire families.


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