Count Three and Pray

1955

Drama / Western

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IMDb Rating 6.5

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 6

Count Three And Pray finds Van Heflin one weary Union veteran from the Civil War, tired of all the killing he&#39;s seen and participated in. When a parson from the town he&#39;s from in the west is killed at Vicksburg, Heflin decides right then and there he&#39;s received a calling to take his place.<br/><br/>Before the war Heflin was quite the roughneck character, a gambling, fighting, and loving man if there ever was one. A lot of folks in the town just don&#39;t quite think he&#39;s changed. Some like town boss Raymond Burr are out to prove it in any way possible. Some like saloon owner and town madam Jean Willes have different ideas about getting Heflin back to his old ways.<br/><br/>If that isn&#39;t enough Van&#39;s got two other problems. One is a young orphan type girl, a budding Calamity Jane in Joanne Woodward who&#39;s decided to just move into the parsonage that Heflin&#39;s set up shop in and won&#39;t leave. Not good for a righteous preacher to be cohabitating with a girl just this side of minority.<br/><br/>But secondly Van&#39;s forgot that he has to get himself ordained somewhere. Minor little detail, but still one of those things folks can be sticklers about.<br/><br/>Count Three And Pray is a good western that sadly has the potential to be something far better. The cast is uniformly good and this was Joanne Woodward&#39;s big screen debut. She was quite lucky she didn&#39;t get herself typecast in roles like these.<br/><br/>A whole lot of issues are not resolved in Count Three And Pray and the ending is not quite satisfactory for me. Still it&#39;s a well made and very earnest film that seems to have been crafted by some skilled people.

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Reviewed by keitha52 9

This picture is a great intro to Joanne Woodward with good dialog and solid performances by all. Van Heflin is perfect as the repentant womanizer and Raymond Burr is always a good heavy. I think Joanne W. is wonderful as the feisty young woman. As a tomboy, seeing the movie in my youth, I related to her character. Everyone&#39;s transformations and adjustments to life after the Civil War are believable. The only thing that is bothersome are the stagy sets. The rendition of the hymn &quot;Holy, Holy,Holy&quot; is a good American standard of the times. One of my favorite films but not seen enough on TV. Wish a DVD of it would be included in JW&#39;s classic collection with &quot;Three Faces of Eve&quot; and the &quot;Long Hot Summer&quot;.

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Reviewed by helpless_dancer 8

A former drinker and womanizer, returned from the Civil War, comes home as a newly converted preacher. He takes up residence in the old parsonage with a high spirited young girl and begins rebuilding the church. He finds a lot of trouble along the way, mostly from the local store owner who resents the new preacher because he fought for the north. Lots of action and drama made for a very good picture and Joanne Woodward as the rambunctious Lissy stole the show. She had me laughing all the way through. 4 stars.

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