A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG
Universal, 1967. Directed by
Charlie Chaplin. Camera:
Arthur Ibbetson. With
Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin, Tippi Hedren, Patrick Cargill, Michael Medwin,
Oliver Johnston, John Paul, Angela Scoular, Margaret Rutherford, Peter
Bartlett, Bill Nagy, Dilys Laye, Angela Pringle, Jenny Bridges.
On the eve of his departure from Hong
Kong, wealthy American diplomat Ogden Mears spends a night ashore in
the company of the beautiful Countess Natascha, an impoverished
Russian émigré who, from the age of 13, has survived by working as
a dancehall girl. When Ogden's ship sails the next morning, he
discovers Natascha hiding in his stateroom. Determined to
reach the United States, she threatens to accuse Ogden of abduction
and assault if he exposes her as a stowaway. Because Ogden has
just been appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and is already in
trouble with his wife, he submits to the blackmail.
The voyage becomes a frenzied game of
hide-and-seek, with Natascha popping in and out of closets and the
bathroom to avoid discovery. Ogden is faced also with the
problem of obtaining American citizenship for Natascha. A
marriage of convenience is hastily arranged between Natascha and
Ogden's manservant, Hudson, with the understanding that once ashore
at Honolulu, Natascha will obtain both a passport and a divorce.
But when the ship docks and Ogden's wife, Martha, comes aboard to
effect a reconciliation, Natascha changes into native garb and dives
into the bay. Ten minutes with his wife is enough to convince
Ogden that Natascha is more important to him than his diplomatic
career. Abandoning all else for love, he joins Natascha at the
Includes the music "This Is My Song" and "My Star," music and lyrics
by Charles Chaplin.
Additional photo courtesy of Gary