Heartbeat

Heartbeat

Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Ginger Rogers, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Adolphe Menjou

     
 

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A remake of the 1939 French film Battement de Couer, Heartbeat reunites star Ginger Rogers with her Kitty Foyle director Sam Wood. Ms. Rogers plays Arlette, a reform school alumnus who is recruited by Faginlike Professor Aristide, headmaster at a school for pickpockets. Before long, Arlette becomes Aristide's prize pupil, and is being groomed for

Overview

A remake of the 1939 French film Battement de Couer, Heartbeat reunites star Ginger Rogers with her Kitty Foyle director Sam Wood. Ms. Rogers plays Arlette, a reform school alumnus who is recruited by Faginlike Professor Aristide, headmaster at a school for pickpockets. Before long, Arlette becomes Aristide's prize pupil, and is being groomed for bigger things. Assigned by a corrupt foreign ambassador (Adolphe Menjou) to steal a valuable watch from wealthy and handsome diplomat Pierre (Jean Pierre Aumont), Arlette not only bungles the job, but also falls in love with her would-be victim. Heartbeat wasn't the first mediocre American remake of a French film, and it certainly wouldn't be the last.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's a nifty little romance-cum-farce hiding in Heartbeat, but it unfortunately only manages to peak its little head out every so often. This coyness is most unfortunate, and one only wishes that director Sam Wood and the various writers credited with the screenplay had been able to coax the film's better qualities out into the open more often. It's not all their fault, of course. One of the major impediments the film faces is in its central casting. Leading actress Ginger Rogers looks like quite a lovely woman in Heartbeat, but she most definitely does look a woman, not the almost-out-of-her-teens youth that the part calls for. Rogers overcompensates for the age discrepancy by flouncing about, and the effect is not credible. Although a very fine actress and often an expert comedienne, Rogers doesn't appear comfortable in the part, her age aside. For his part, Wood works with a much-too-obvious touch; a feathery Ernst Lubitsch touch is needed here, and Wood's lacks the delicacy and precision required. And while the screenwriters have supplied many amusing moments and touches, the film loses its footing in the second half, changing from a fairly original little comedy to a much-too-predictable romance. However, Jean-Pierre Aumont provides welcome charm and dash as the eventual man in Rogers' life, and Basil Rathbone is a sheer delight as the pickpocket teacher.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
UPC:
0089218458094
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
41,425

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Arlette Lafon
Jean-Pierre Aumont Pierre La Roche
Adolphe Menjou Ambassador
Melville Cooper Roland Medeville
Mikhail Rasumny Yves Cadubert
Basil Rathbone Prof. Aristide
Henry Stephenson Minister
George Davis Butler
Sam Harris Ball Guest
Ivan Lebedeff Actor
Torben Meyer Actor
Mona Maris Ambassador's Wife
Eddie Hayden Fat Thief
Eduardo Ciannelli Baron Dvorak

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Lionel Banks Production Designer
Mel Burns Makeup
Howard Greer Costumes/Costume Designer
Roland Gross Editor
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Rowland Leigh Screenwriter
Paul Misraki Score Composer
Morris Ryskind Screenwriter
George Sawley Set Decoration/Design
John Sherwood Asst. Director
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer
J.R. Whittredge Editor
Hans Wilhelm Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [16:12]
3. Chapter 2 [14:42]
4. Chapter 3 [18:42]
5. Chapter 4 [15:39]
6. Chapter 5 [18:29]
7. Chapter 6 [14:36]

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