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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 18 March 1938 (USA)
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
Aunt Hedwige
Monsieur Pepinard
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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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He married in haste and repeated in pleasure!


Comedy | Romance


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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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This film was based on a French play by Alfred Savoir that was translated into English by Charlton Andrews and produced on Broadway. The New York production opened on Sept. 19, 1921 at the Ritz Theatre and ran for 155 performances. It has previously been produced as a silent film starring Gloria Swanson, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1923). See more »


Cooper complains that he can't sleep because he can hear the ocean. However, Nice, on the French Riviera, only borders the Mediterranean, which is a sea, not an ocean. The nearest ocean, being the Atlantic, is at least 300 miles away. See more »


Nicole de Loiselle: I wish someone would tell you what I really think of you.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Claudette Colbert (1962) See more »


O sole mio
(1898) (uncredited)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
In the score during a Czechoslavakian scene
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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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