A Countess from Hong Kong

1967

Action / Comedy / Romance

33
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 43%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 4453

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Marlon Brando as Ogden Mears
Sophia Loren as Natascha
Charles Chaplin as An old steward
Tippi Hedren as Martha
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Prismark10 5 / 10

Lacking sea legs

A Countess from Hong Kong is romantic farce with Marlon Brando playing a would be Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ogden Mears who meets a down on her luck Russian countess Natascha (Sophia Loren) who is stranded in Hong Kong working as a sleazy dance girl. She sneaks aboard into the cruise ship and into his grand cabin to get to America. Mears in order to avoid a scandal keeps her hidden before he can figure how to get her out of the ship.

Charlie Chaplin who wrote and directed this, his final film also makes a brief cameo appearance as the ship's aged steward. The film is really an old fashioned farce and looks like a stage play with plenty of knocking and banging of doors. It does not contain the political satire of other Chaplin feature films.

The film was shot in England and I could not figure out what kind of accent Brando had as he sounded more mid Atlantic. Whereas Loren was beautiful and more adept at humour, Brando does seem ill at ease with his character and the comedy but later in his life in the movie, The Freshman, Brando showed he was skilled at light comedy.

Yet the movie is worth it for its curiosity value of Brando appearing in a Chaplin film with Margaret Rutherford, Tippi Hedren, Patrick Cargill and Sophia Loren.

Reviewed by kitablett-05623 3 / 10

Disappointment An Understatement

I watched this film after reading some of the reviews thinking that even a bad Chaplin movie couldn't be all bad but this so-called comedy is a real stinker. I really don't know what Chaplin thought he was doing as nearly everyone seems to act like a lunatic in it. There are some real lows like when Brando buys clothes for Loren that are obviously ten times too big for her or Sydney Chaplin jumping up and down on the beach or Patrick Cargill thrashing around in the single bed which are all just plain silly. It proved one thing, that only Chaplin could do Chaplin and it's a pity that he hadn't been twenty years younger as he could have given a good performance in either the Brando role or the Cargill role. As it is, he is funny in the two brief scenes he appears in as the "Old Steward". Even the great Margaret Rutherford, in one of her last film appearances sadly, seems wasted in the brief scene she's in, which could have been a lot more humorous than it is.The script, apparently written by Chaplin, is just banal. The dramatic scenes, near the end of the movie are good, especially with Tippi Hedren, but Brando looks like he's thinking, "How did I get myself into this". He actually does have comic ability, as he proved in "A Bedtime Story" a couple of years earlier, but not in this turkey.Very claustrophobic for the first hour of the movie with the scenes mostly taking place in Brando's luxury cabin, with he and Loren running madly from room to room like idiots. The three stars are for Chaplin's brief appearance, Tippi Hedren's dramatic performance and, of course, the lovely music composed by Chaplin himself. Indeed, Petula Clark had a number one hit with "This is My Song" derived from the love theme in it, even though apparently Petula hated the song. To sum up, viewer beware.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 3 / 10

Sophia's ravishing beauty is wasted on absolute piffle

Door-slamming, buzzer-ringing boudoir farce aboard ship, balefully written, directed, co-produced and scored by Charles Chaplin, who also has a cameo. Unhappy concoction with miscast, mumbling Marlon Brando in the lead, playing wealthy future ambassador to Saudi Arabia who is matched with Russian countess and dance hall girl Sophia Loren when his ship docks in Hong Kong; she wants to go on to America despite having no papers, and stows away in Brando's cabin. Chaplin must have conceived this material at one time as a play; the right-to-left action on the main set is static and uninventive--and for laughs, everyone gets seasick and needs a place to vomit. Brando is far too serious and heavy-spirited for chasing-around-the-table comedy. Loren fakes her way through (when she says "I'll be glad when it's over", one can take the comment literally). Her beauty, however, is a compensation; also, Patrick Cargill as Brando's valet has a funny bit getting into bed, and Tippi Hedren is a nice surprise, popping up late in the film as Brando's haughty wife. *1/2 from ****

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