Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  18 March 1938 (USA)
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The daughter of a penniless marquis teaches her multi-millionaire fiancé a lesson, after learning he has had 7 previous wives.



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Complete credited cast:
Michael Brandon
The Marquis De Loiselle
Albert De Regnier
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Aunt Hedwige
Herman Bing ...
Monsieur Pepinard
Warren Hymer ...
Kid Mulligan
Assistant Hotel Manager
Armand Cortes ...
Assistant Hotel Manager
Rolfe Sedan ...
Professor Urganzeff
Lionel Pape ...
Monsieur Potin
Tyler Brooke ...


US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon marries his eight wife, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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He married in haste and repeated in pleasure!


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Release Date:

18 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Oitava Esposa de Barba-Azul  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


François Truffaut has said that Miriam Hopkins was slated to star as Nicole de Loiselle. See more »


When Nicole shuts the door to her part of the apartment to keep Michael out, you can hear her locking it. But throughout the film there is no keyhole or lock visible on either side of her door. See more »


Nicole de Loiselle: I wish someone would tell you what I really think of you.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "Midsummer Night's Dream"
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Variations in the score after the wedding and at the train station
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Ham-fisted Lubitsch
19 April 2008 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Very interesting failure. Everything is top-notch - writers, director, cast - and nothing works. What should have been a witty and sparkling adult comedy comes off like a mouthful of cardboard. Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert are like oil and water. The dialog feels arch and stage-bound, and the situations totally false and contrived, possibly because the adults seem to be behaving like 10-year-olds. Its a late 30's film, but feels oddly very early 30's and somehow dated, like a dusted-off version of "Trouble in Paradise". Compares unfavorably with Colbert's next film, the scintillating "Midnight", one of her more amazing roles.

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