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After receiving some prelimanary training on the art of theft Rogers is sent out into Paris to repay Rathbone's investment. Things get compilcated though as she is caught trying to lift a man's tie-pin on her very first day. Instead of turning her in to the police, the man comissions her to make a lift at a high society ball. Her mark turns out to be a handsome French Diplomat, and the plot then follows their various misadventures as they fight, argue, and fall in love.
Jean Pierre, playing the diplomat, has great chemistry with Rogers, and we get to see the great Basil Rathbone as head master at a school for pickpockets. The plot manages to stay surprising, and the dialogue is above average. Rogers (in a rare non-dancing role) is very charming and handles the comedy well. All in all, a well made film perfect for old-movie lovers. B+
To her surprise, she not only succeeds in stealing his watch but also in stealing his heart as he easily falls for her beauty and charm. Enchanted by him herself, Arlette tries to hide the truth from him but can't do it for very long.
Watch Basil Rathbone in a brief but funny performance as the professor of the pick pocket school, and enjoy the great on-screen chemistry between Rogers and Aumont.
Ginger Rogers is the angel on top of the Christmas-tree in this delightful screwball comedy. True, perhaps the film might have been enhanced by having a European actress playing Arlette (Danielle Darrieux and Simone Simon come to mind), but Rogers is so lovely here it's hard to imagine the film being better without her. Jean-Pierre Aumont is a capable partner; Menjou and Rathbone are wonderful as the metaphorical puppeteers manipulating Rogers.
Alpha's DVD has a watchable print. For the most part, the picture is sharp and well-defined, with varying degrees of dirt and debris throughout the film. A pleasant treat for Ginger Rogers fans.
The temporary success of her first heist leads to a guilty conscious and indebted service to an ambassador at a fancy ball where she meets young French diplomat Pierre La Roche (Jean Pierre Aumont) under false pretenses. After confessing her sins and goals to him, she expects him to marry her. Arlette and Pierre are obviously attracted to each other. However, he decides to sponsor a deadbeat to fill the husbandly role so as not to sully his diplomatic reputation. As she plays along with his stubbornness, Pierre's feelings grow even stronger. She even belts out a love song in a swimsuit to allure Pierre's affection. Whoever gets Arlette in the end is truly the winner.
The funny HEARTBEAT story and invigorated acting compensate for the poor B+W image quality of the DVD and the unconvincing 18-year-old claim. There are no extras but for the low price (especially when purchased used), it's an entertaining way to spend 100 minutes multiple times.
Movie quote: "Steal to stay honest? For that, I'll do it."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charming little fluff piece of a film. Great chemistry between the delightful Ginger Rogers and the handsome French actor Jean Pierre Aumont. Read morePublished 6 days ago by aphra
Love Ginger Rogers in this old time movie. It was a little grainy and sound was scratchy at times.Published 25 days ago by lococandi
-Overall good execution
-Premise is common for the time and not very real-life (of... Read more
Very captivity performance from a golden actress such as the infamous Ginger Rogers....absolute watch, if you are into the black and white movie era.Published 5 months ago by ed rojas
This story ruffles my feminist sensibilities but I love to look at clothes and set design of this era. The story is cartoonish.Published 6 months ago by Rainiac
Gingers Rogers reteams with director Sam Wood after earning an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "Kitty Foyle" (1940). Read morePublished 7 months ago by gimpusmons