The Laughing Lady (1946)

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Musical Romance. During the French Revolution, Andre, son of the Duchess of Loraine, makes a bargain with Robespierre that if he can recover a necklace called the Pearls of Sorrow from England where they have been smuggled, his mother will be spared from the guillotine. When in England, Andre overhears Sir William Tremayne talking about the pearl he is wearing in his cravat, which he claims to be one of the Pearls of Sorrow. Andre arrives at the Tremayne's house to paint a portrait of Sir William's daughter, Denise, and recognises her pearls as the ones he seeks. However, they fall in love and Andre cannot bring himself to steal the pearls. He returns to France to give himself up in the hope that his mother will be spared. Denise, however, follows him and pleads for his life with Robespierre after giving him the pearls. When Robespierre realises that the Prince of Wales had given Denise the pearls, he uses the couple as a way of extorting money from the Prince. The latter pays Robespierre, and the couple are reunited in England.

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