A bad-girl is recruited by a gang of pick-pockets but falls in love with an intended victim in this classic comedy.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1946
  • Label: Alpha Video

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User Ratings: 85
A delicious and ingenious comedy. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
Sep 9, 2019
Heartbeat is more beguiling than it deserves. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Apr 4, 2019
Rating: C+ -- An unfunny remake of the 1939 French film Battement de Couer. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Aug 15, 2014

Description by OLDIES.com:

Professor Aristide (Basil Rathbone) runs a school for pickpockets and recruits reform school escapee Arlette Lafon (Ginger Rogers) to the world of organized crime. At Aristide's crime school, Arlette, a minor with an innocent face and gentle demeanor, becomes well-versed in all manner of thievery while dreaming of going legit, leaving crime forever behind her. Always faced with a return to the reformatory, Arlette realizes that the best way out of Aristide's clutches and reform school's net is to marry and find protection in the arms of a husband. When asked to steal the watch of diplomat Pierre La Roche (Jean Pierre Aumont), Arlette falls for her victim and a strange courtship ensues as Professor Aristide and a suave ambassador (Adolphe Menjou) manipulate young Arlette for their own wicked purposes.

Featuring Basil Rathbone in a scene-stealing role as Professor Aristide, Heartbeat reunites leading lady Ginger Rogers with Kitty Foyle director Sam Wood in this romantic comedy remake of Henri Decoin's classic French farce, Battement de Couer (1940).

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Silver-screen megastar Ginger Rogers plays Arlette, a young down-on-her-luck ne'er-do-well who escapes from reform school to enroll in a pickpocket academy taught by Professor Aristide (Basil Rathbone, in a scene-stealing performance). Arlette graduates at the top of her class but is caught red-handed in her first real-world effort. Instead of turning the poor girl in, her intended victim demands that Arlette attend an embassy ball. There she is caught with her hands in the hip pocket of Pierre, a handsome diplomat played by heartthrob Jean-Pierre Aumont. Fortunately for Arlette, Pierre's first response is to fall head over heels for her and her miscreant behavior. Director Sam Wood had previously coached Rogers to an Oscar in KITTY FOYLE, and that powerful combination reconnects in HEARTBEAT to create a fluffy, good-natured comedy.


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HEARTBEAT Movie Lover: from clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- October, 1, 2004

Ginger Rogers and the rest of the cast are good in this enjoyable comedy set in France. Ginger plays a 17 year old (she was actually 35!) pickpocket who falls in love a French Diplomat at a plush ball in Paris. My only gripe is that Ginger, although lovely as ever, is too old to be portaying a 17 year old. The script should have called for her character to be an adult as Rogers, herself, was back when this film was made. I'd say that she looked at least 10 years younger than her actual age when she played in this film, though.

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  • Sales Rank: 12,804
  • UPC: 089218458094
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