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The Countess of Monte Cristo

The Countess of Monte Cristo(1934)

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Janet Krueger is an extra at a Viennese film studio. She is in love with Stefan, a reporter, but neither makes enough money to support a marriage. She obtains a small part in a film, playing a wealthy Countess traveling in a fashionable car. After the temperamental director criticizes her acting, she drives the automobile off the lot instead of stopping at the studio-built hotel front. She is accompanied by her friend Mimi, who is playing her maid. When they arrive at a luxurious resort, still dressed in their costumes, the two women continue to play their roles, not knowing what else to do. Because a label on her luggage identifies her as the Countess of Monte Cristo, Janet is given a splendid suite. That evening when the police knock on her door, Janet assumes that they have come to arrest her. In fact, they have come to warn her that a thief has broken into her rooms. Finding Janet's closets empty, they assume that the thief has stolen her clothes and the manager offers to replace everything. After they leave, a man called the Baron, who has been hiding in her room, tells Janet that he is the man the police were looking for. Recognizing Janet as another confidence artist, the Baron writes a list of everything he would have stolen if she had owned it. Although Janet is frightened by the ruse, she is delighted with the clothes and jewels when they arrive. Elegantly dressed for dinner, Janet is approached by Rumowski, a mysterious man, who invites her to celebrate New Year's Eve with him. Meanwhile, the Baron proposes that he and Janet set up a racket together and when she refuses, threatens to expose her real identity to the management. Rumowski comes to Janet's aid, unaware that the police have identified him as a famous thief and are surrounding the hotel. When Rumowski notices what is happening, he gallantly offers to distract the police while Janet and Mimi escape. Nonetheless, Janet is arrested along the road. She calls Stefan for help, and after she tells him about Rumowski's capture. Stefan writes a story about Rumowski and Janet's adventures and sells it for a lot of money. The escapade convinces the studio of Janet's acting abilities and they offer her a contract thereby enabling Janet and Stefan to get married.