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Count Your Blessings (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 8 October 1959 (West Germany)
Grace hastily marries a French aristocrat during WWII, but is separated by circumstance from him for almost nine years. And when reunited, Charles's philandering causes them to divorce and ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), Nancy Mitford (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Grace Allingham
Rossano Brazzi ... Charles Edouard de Valhubert
Maurice Chevalier ... Duc de St. Cloud
Martin Stephens ... Sigismond
Tom Helmore ... Hugh Palgrave
Ronald Squire ... Sir Conrad Allingham
Patricia Medina ... Albertine
Mona Washbourne ... Nanny
Steven Geray ... Guide
Lumsden Hare ... John
Kim Parker ... Secretary
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Grace hastily marries a French aristocrat during WWII, but is separated by circumstance from him for almost nine years. And when reunited, Charles's philandering causes them to divorce and share custody of their son, who never wants them to get back together. But that's not how they feel. Written by Kathy Li

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If You Go for Blondes, Castles, Romance, Luxury then you'll like this hilarious story of an interrupted honeymoon filmed in London and Paris! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

J'ai épousé un Français See more »

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Budget:

$2,311,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film bombed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $1,688,000 according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

At breakfast, with Charles standing behind her, Grace throws down the magazine she is holding twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Grace Allingham: I'm engaged, I'm in love, and I'm going to be married.
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Terrible excuse for a romance
2 April 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Rossano Brazzi plays the most arrogant man in the world in Count Your Blessings. He meets Deborah Kerr, and even though she's engaged to a fellow soldier, he actively tries to wear her down and seduce her even when she repeatedly refuses his advances. His excuse? It's wartime, and the other man "left his side unguarded." Removing the ridiculous casting decision to pick an Italian actor as a Frenchman, assuming that American audiences couldn't tell the difference between Rossano's accent and Maurice Chevalier's-who plays his father-accent, the movie is still ridiculous.

It's made extremely obvious from the get-go that the only connection Rossano and Deborah have is in the bedroom, but they get married anyway. They bicker constantly, disagree on major life issues, and suffer from culture shock at each other's attitudes. And to top it all off, before they have the chance to enjoy a honeymoon, Rossano is captured and Deborah is left pregnant and alone. She waits for years-yes, that's right, years-for him to return, and raises a son alone. She's wasted her youth and pines away for a man she only knew for a few days, and when he finally returns, they're faced with the same old problems. He's an unfaithful jerk, there's a culture clash, they don't really like each other, he's not sympathetic towards his son-but the moment they're left alone in the bedroom, all is right with the world. How are we supposed to root for this romance?

Even the title sends the wrong message to the audience! When absolutely everything is wrong with in a relationship, you should "count your blessings" and only focus on the one physical aspect that keeps you together? Well, if you subscribe to that theory, you might actually like this movie. As it is, I'm past my teens, so I have the life experience to know that the main message of the movie is wrong. I hated this movie. If there was even one more connection between the two leads, I'd have given it more leniency, but they were so incredibly ill-suited for one another! I'll leave you with one of Rossano's lines, so you can fully understand his awful character: "You must always smile at women. If they're pretty, it gives you pleasure. If they're not pretty, it gives them pleasure, and you have the satisfaction of having done a good deed."


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