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A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

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In Hong Kong, the ambassador returning to America meets the Russian countess, a refugee without a passport, who decides to hide in his cabin.

Director:

Charles Chaplin

Writer:

Charles Chaplin (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Ogden
Sophia Loren ... Natascha
Sydney Chaplin ... Harvey
Tippi Hedren ... Martha
Patrick Cargill ... Hudson
Michael Medwin ... John Felix
Oliver Johnston ... Clark
John Paul John Paul ... The Captain
Angela Scoular ... The Society Girl
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Gaulswallow
Peter Bartlett Peter Bartlett ... Steward
Bill Nagy ... Crawford
Dilys Laye ... Saleswoman
Angela Pringle Angela Pringle ... Baroness
Jenny Bridges Jenny Bridges ... Countess
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Storyline

In Hong Kong, the wealthy Ogden Mears is traveling in a transatlantic, close to being assigned Saudi Arabian ambassador, and divorcing his wife Martha. He and his friend Harvey are invited by their old friend Clark to go to a nightclub with three aristocratic Russians on their last night. Ogden drinks too much and spends the night with Countess Natascha. The next morning, while sailing back home, Ogden 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 about his career. But Harvey convinces him to help Natascha. Ogden falls in love with Natascha, and he and Harvey plot a fake marriage between Natascha and his valet Hudson. Things get complicated when Immigration requests Natascha's 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! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una condesa de Hong Kong See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Petula Clark had a major hit with her recording of "This is My Song," an adaptation of a piece of music Charles Chaplin wrote for this film. Chaplin reportedly did not care for Clark's version, though it ultimately turned out to be the only successful aspect of the film, reaching #1 on the British charts. Just months later, Harry Secombe took the song to #2 in Britain. See more »

Goofs

The red shoes of Sophia Loren (who is supposed to be on board of the ship with just one pair) change from being ballerina flats to high heels. See more »

Quotes

Martha: You insult my intelligence by introducing that woman as Mrs Harvey Crothers... and then again as Mrs Hudson when she's sleeping here in your cabin. As Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, it is not exactly comme il faut... to include in your entourage, the mistress of a gangster. A prostitute.
Ogden: I wonder what your fate would have been in similar circumstances.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

(Love,) This Is My Song
Written by Charles Chaplin
Performed by Petula Clark
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Pleasant surprise - and what music !!!
13 October 2001 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

I finally got round to seeing this one recently though it has often appeared on French TV and is noted above all for being Chaplin's last film and first and last colour film. I was enchanted by it ; the music is fantastic and the physique and voice of Sophia Loren (especially in pyjamas) is just.........so loveable gorrrrrrgeous and erotic ! Marlon Brando seems a little out of it all at times was perhaps not the right actor for the Role ; Margaret Rutherford in the personage of " Mrs Gaulswallow " ( just where to God's name did they think up a name like that ?? ) had me in total fits of laughter during her short appearance. The film is strange as it is in modern colour with good picture quality but the sound and dialogues as well as being poor acoustically are reminiscent of the 40s or 50s but obviously in keeping with Chaplin's style. I have always liked most of Chaplin's (talking) films but it is the quality of his musical scores that really get me. The score from Limelight and "This is My Song" which comes from A Countess in N.Y. are absolute masterpieces of Romanticism. Lovely !!!


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