In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.
A steel-mill worker, Buck Garrett (Jack Holt) betters himself and becomes involved in the New York stock market. He marries Kay Walling (Fay Wray), who disapproves his market schemes and ... See full summary »
Two movie extras at an Austrian studio, Janet and Mimi, are not doing so well in their jobs, run away from their jobs with one of the studios luxury cars and expensive prop clothes. They stop at an exclusive mountain hotel, where they are taken for a countess and her maid. Just before they are to be exposed, a burglary is used to cover their nonexistent property and funds, though the burglar turns out to be a conniving suave crook posing as a Baron that now demands Janet become his companion. Another guest, also of dubious background, becomes her protector, but a showdown comes as authorities close in on all of them.Written by
In the Austrian police station the girls are brought to, a small, rather amateurish painting of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830-1916) is hanging on the wall. later, at the movie extras union meeting, the same prop has found it's way to a wall there too. See more »
Janet (Fay Wray) is a European movie extra who is tired of trying to be a star - and besides, she and her boyfriend have broken up. So, one day she and her pal (Patsy Kelly) drive off the set in the car she was to use as an extra in a scene, and from Vienna they drive to a hotel on The French Riviera. Through a series of comical mistakes, she is mistaken for a real Countess and meets a real Count - and falls in love. Then reality rears its ugly head ...
"The Countess Of Monte Cristo" has nothing to do with the movie of (almost) the same name. This is a gem of a movie, by turns funny and romantic, and has been overlooked all these years. Fay Wray gives a marvelous performance as the phony countess and Patsy Kelly adds comic relief, with help from Reginald Owen as an international jewel thief. A big surprise is Paul Lukas as the male lead in a sympathetic part as the Count. It has a first class screenplay, lovely background music and a top director in Karl Freund ("The Mummy" (1932)).
"The Countess Of Monte Cristo" succeeds on so many levels and is a prime candidate for Turner Classic Movies or another cable movie station. It has probably been in Universal's vault gathering dust and deserves to be seen again and again. It was shown at the Rome, NY Film Festival via the Library Of Congress archives - 8/17.
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