|HEARTBEAT (director: Sam Wood; screenwriters: Morrie Ryskind/ Hans Wilhelm/Rowland Leigh/Max Kolpe; cinematographer: Joseph Valentine; editor: Roland Gross/J.R. Whittredge; music: Paul Misraki; cast: Ginger Rogers (Arlette Lafron), Adolphe Menjou (Ambassador), Jean Pierre Aumont (Pierre), Melville Cooper (Roland Latour), Mona Maris (Ambassador's Wife), Basil Rathbone (Professor Aristide), Henry Stephenson (Minister), Mikhail Rasmuny (Yves Cadubert), Eduardo Ciannelli (Baron Dvorak); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Raymond and Robert Hakim; RKO; 1946)|
unfunny remake of the 1939 French film
Battement de Couer."
by Dennis Schwartz
unfunny remake of the 1939 French film Battement de
Couer, that was directed by Henri
Decoin and starred his then wife Danielle
director Sam Wood ("Kitty Foyle "/"A
Night At The Opera"/"The Pride of the Yankees"), who
can't inject humor into this projected comedy, applies
the Pygmalion theme in a strained way to its
heroine, as scripted by Morrie Ryskind,
Wilhelm, Rowland Leigh and Max Kolpe.
Though the dramedy suffers from an absurd
storyline and poor production values,
nevertheless the valiant efforts by its star
Ginger Rogers and the talented supporting cast
keep it almost watchable.
Lafron (Ginger Rogers) is a French
gamine released from
reform school and enrolls in a school
for pickpockets run by the
colorful Professor Aristide
(Basil Rathbone). The
gist of the story has the attractive Arlette
robbing the purse of the charming young French
diplomat Pierre (Jean Pierre Aumont) at an
embassy ball and falling madly in love with him
and we are left to wonder if she can reel in
such a good catch.
The supporting cast of note include Mona Maris, whose character is married to the ambassador (Adolphe Menjou), and she is having an affair with the younger diplomat Pierre. Also Melville Cooper, another diplomat, who provides comic relief as the resident politico lush.
REVIEWED ON 8/13/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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