The Barefoot Contessa – Maria Had It: At Maria’s funeral, Oscar (Edmond O’Brien) recalls the popularity Maria (Ava Gardner) achieved upon the release of her first motion picture.
Washed-up film director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart) gets a second chance at stardom when he discovers stunning peasant Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub in Madrid, Spain. Goaded by his producer, strong-arming Wall Street financier Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens), Harry convinces her to screen test for, and then star in, his next big picture. But as Edwards’ possessive nature and the realities of stardom weigh on Maria, she seeks a genuine lover with whom she can escape.
TM & © Key Video (1954)
Cast: Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Elizabeth Sellars, Humphrey Bogart
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz