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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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