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Charles Chaplin wrote, directed, and scored this old-fashioned romantic comedy, which proved to be his last film. Wealthy American diplomat Ogden Mears (Marlon Brando) is sailing from Hong Kong to Hawaii, where he hopes to meet and reconcile with his estranged wife Martha (Tippi Hedren). However, while the ship takes on passengers in Hong Kong, a stowaway slips into Mears' suite. Natascha (Sophia Loren) is a White Russian countess who was forced to flee the country following the revolution and ended up in Hong Kong, where she earns a meager living as a dime-a-dance girl in a sleazy ballroom. When Mears discovers that Natascha is an uninvited guest in his quarters, she begs him to help her emigrate to the United States; when he refuses, Natascha tries a new tack, threatening to tell Martha that they've been sharing a stateroom if he doesn't cooperate. Mears grudgingly allows Natascha to stay with him and keep her secret until he can figure out a clever way to get rid of her. Margaret Rutherford has a showy supporting role as an eccentric passenger, and Chaplin gives himself a silent cameo as a bumbling porter (no fewer than four of his children also appear). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Marlon Brando
as Ogden Mears
Sophia Loren
as Natascha
Sydney Chaplin
as Harvey Crothers
Tippi Hedren
as Martha Mears
Patrick Cargill
as Hudson
Michael Medwin
as John Felix
Angela Scoular
as Socialite
Margaret Rutherford
as Miss Gaulswallow
Dilys Laye
as Saleswoman
Anthony Chin
as Hawaiians
Burnell Tucker
as Hotel Receptiontst
Leonard Trolley
as Purser
Len Lowe
as Electrician
Marianne Stone
as Reporter
Carol Cleveland
as Nurse
Charles Chaplin
as Old Steward
Geraldine Chaplin
as Girl

Crew

Charles Chaplin
Director
Charles Chaplin
Producer
Jerome Epstein
Producer
Charles Chaplin
Screenwriter
Arthur Ibbetson
Cinematographer
Charles Chaplin
Composer (Music Score)
Lambert Williamson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Hales
Editor
Don Ashton
Production Designer
Robert Cartwright
Art Director
Vernon Dixon
Set Designer
Rosemary Burrows
Costume Designer
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