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The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

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128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards scouted her at a shabby nightclub where she worked as...See moreAt Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards scouted her at a shabby nightclub where she worked as a flamenco dancer. He convinces her to take a chance on acting and her first film is a huge hit. PR man Oscar Muldoon remembers when Maria was in court supporting her father who was accused of murdering her mother. It was Maria's testimony that got him off and she was a bigger star than ever. Alberto Bravano, one of the richest men in South America, sets his sights on Maria and she goes off with him - as much to make Edwards angry as anything - but he treats her badly. When she meets Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini they fall deeply in love. They are married but theirs is not to be a happy life. Written by garykmcd See less
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Jack Cardiff (photography)
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Release date
Sep 30, 1954 (United States)

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29 cast members
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Humphrey Bogart
Harry Dawes Harry Dawes   See fewer
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Ava Gardner
Maria Vargas Maria Vargas   See fewer
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Edmond O'Brien
Oscar Muldoon Oscar Muldoon   See fewer
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Marius Goring
Alberto Bravano Alberto Bravano   See fewer
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Valentina Cortese
Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa) Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)   See fewer
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Rossano Brazzi
Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini   See fewer
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Warren Stevens
Kirk Edwards Kirk Edwards   See fewer
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Franco Interlenghi
Pedro Vargas Pedro Vargas   See fewer
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Mari Aldon
Myrna Myrna   See fewer
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Alberto Rabagliati
Proprietor Proprietor   See fewer
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Enzo Staiola
Busboy Busboy   See fewer
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Maria Zanoli
Maria's Mother Maria's Mother   See fewer
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Renato Chiantoni
Maria's Father Maria's Father   See fewer
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Bill Fraser
J. Montague Brown J. Montague Brown   See fewer
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John Parrish
Mr. Max Black Mr. Max Black   See fewer
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Jim Gérald
Mr. Blue (as Jim Gerald) Mr. Blue (as Jim Gerald)   See fewer
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Diana Decker
Drunken Blonde Drunken Blonde   See fewer
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Riccardo Rioli
Gypsy Dancer Gypsy Dancer   See fewer
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Tonio Selwart
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Margaret Anderson
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Gertrude Flynn
Lulu McGee Lulu McGee   See fewer
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John Horne
Hector Eubanks Hector Eubanks   See fewer
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Bessie Love
Mrs. Eubanks Mrs. Eubanks   See fewer
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Robert Christopher
Eddie Blake (as Bob Christopher) Eddie Blake (as Bob Christopher)   See fewer
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Anna Maria Padoan
Chambermaid (as Anna Maria Paduan) Chambermaid (as Anna Maria Paduan)   See fewer
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Carlo Dale
Chauffeur Chauffeur   See fewer
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Helena Makowska
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Olga San Juan
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7 / 10 | 8,881 votes