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Hearts Divided (1936)

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Napoleon needs money to fight his wars in Europe so he wants 20 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory in the United States. To help the negotiations, he sends his brother, Jerome, to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Jerome Bonaparte
Henry (as Charlie Ruggles)
Arthur Treacher ...
Sir Harry
Henry Stephenson ...
Chas. Patterson
Clara Blandick ...
Aunt Ellen
John Larkin ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Etienne Girardot ...
Du Fresne
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Pres. Thomas Jefferson
Madame Letizia
Philip Hurlic ...
Pippin (as Phillip Hurlic)


Napoleon needs money to fight his wars in Europe so he wants 20 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory in the United States. To help the negotiations, he sends his brother, Jerome, to the U.S. on a goodwill tour. At a Maryland Horse Track, Jerome shows up without notice and soon wins an afternoon tour with Betsy. He falls for her, but she will have little to do with him. She is currently being courted by Henry, John and Harry. The next day, Jerome gets a job teaching Betsy French and they soon fall in love. The family dissuades this as they believe that he is but a tutor. When they meet again at a reception in Washington, Betsy consents to marriage, but Napoleon wants Jerome to marry into European Royalty and demands that Jerome do what is in the best interests of France. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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My Kingdom for a Kiss
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
French lyrics by David Ormont ("Pour un baiser")
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Sung in French by Dick Powell, and then by Marion Davies
Also sung in English by Dick Powell
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Sweet Romance with Great Stars
23 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hearts Divided is a historical romance starring Dick Powell and Marion Davies. The two live during the Napoleonic era when France was trying to sell Louisiana to the Americans and the French Revolution was brewing. Powell and Davies' characters meet accidentally at a horse race and begin a glorious romance almost immediately despite their multiple scuffles. He becomes her tutor for music, French, and fencing. Her family does not approve of their romance because they are distinguished and he is a lowly tutor, but Davies responds to his advances. The two are separated but brought back together and it is discovered that Powell is not an average citizen at all; he is the brother of Napoleon. A wedding is planned but it is Napoleon who does not approve this time.

This film is typical of Marion Davies for it not only has the ability to show off benefactor William Randolph Hearst's many historical items and costumes, she is able to show her natural spunk and joviality. Powell responds in kind with his lighthearted cracks and beautiful smile. The two work well together and shine in their own rights.

There are also a few catchy songs sung by the gorgeous tenor voice of Dick Powell.

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