24 user 18 critic

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married and divorced seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.



(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Skylark (1941)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

As her fifth wedding anniversary approaches, a woman realizes that she is fed up with always coming in second to her husband's advertising business. Just at the moment when she is trying to... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Brian Aherne
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins
Angel (1937)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A woman and her husband take separate vacations, and she falls in love with another man.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Melvyn Douglas
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a small kingdom's main tax payer leaves for Paris, its king dispatches a dashing count to win back her allegiance.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Edward Everett Horton
Cluny Brown (1946)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A free-spirited parlor maid and a Czech refugee surprise an English village with their unconventional ways.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Wallace Beery, Binnie Barnes, John Carradine
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An American World War I soldier, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after twenty years, but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man, and his son is a grown young man.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A psychoanalyst causes a woman to doubt her happy marriage.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Blind detective Duncan Maclaine relies on his working senses to piece together an assortment of clues to solve a case of murder.

Director: Richard Whorf
Stars: Edward Arnold, Frances Rafferty, Ray Collins
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the 1920s, enterprising Louise Randall is determined to succeed in a man's world. She enrolls at business college but her plans for a career change when she falls in love with handsome ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Jack Carson, Robert Hutton
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

At the Dimsdale Hall Finishing School, Assistant Dean Emily Godsall declares that any student who associates herself with swing music will be severely punished. Complications develop when ... See full summary »

Director: Sammy Lee
Stars: Mary Howard, Benny Rubin, Tom Collins


Complete credited cast:
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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He married in haste and repeated in pleasure!


Comedy | Romance


Passed | See all certifications »





Release Date:

25 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Oitava Esposa de Barba-Azul  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Many people who are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Tom Ricketts (Uncle Andre), James Dime (Prizefighter), Eugene Borden (Waiter on Stairs), Jean De Briac (Waiter in Corridor), Sheila Darcy (Maid), Alphonse Martell (Hotel Employee), Paul Gustine (Man in Steamship Office), Hooper Atchley (Excited Passenger), Ellen Drew (Secretary) and Henry Roquemore (Fat Man). 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 »


[first lines]
Floorwalker: Bon jour, monsieur. Is there something I could show you?
Michael Brandon: Pajamas.
Floorwalker: Will you be so good as to step this way. May I call your attention to the fact that we are featuring a special sale at reduced prices of raincoats, umbrellas, tennis rackets and portable phonographs.
Michael Brandon: I want some pajamas.
See more »


Version of Bluebeard's 8th Wife (1923) See more »


from "Quintetto per archi E major, Op.11-5 (G.275)"
Composed by Luigi Boccherini
In the score when Brandon sees the Louis XIV bathtub
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

who wears the tops, who wears the pants
1 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Ernst Lubitsch is the guiding hand behind "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife," a 1938 comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper. The screenplay was written with a light touch by Brackett and Wilder.

The story concerns a wealthy man, Michael Brandon (Cooper), who meets the very attractive Nicole De Loiselle (Colbert) in a Parisian men's department store. Brandon wants to buy the top of the pajamas, as that's what he sleeps in, but the clerk insists that he buy the entire set. Nicole enters and buys the pants.

Nicole's father (Edward Everett Horton) is a penniless marquis, trying to sell a project to Brandon, who isn't interested. The marquis then attempts to get him to buy a Louis IV bathtub. When he realizes that Nicole is the marquis' daughter, the marquis sees immediately that there is interest and tries to get them together. After all, he's loaded, and the hotel bill is due.

Finally, the couple does become engaged and of course the marquis brings in his entire family at his expense for the wedding. While everyone is gathering for a photograph, some white stuff falls out of Michael's suit. "What is that?" she asks. "It's rice," he says. "Don't you use it at weddings? It's supposed to bring good luck." "Did your bride and groom have good luck?" she asks. "Well," he says, "we had a pleasant six months."

She then finds out he's been married seven times. After renegotiating some sort of prenup he has set up, she goes through with the wedding, but they live separate lives.

For some reason, people put this film in the same category as I Met Him in Paris because they're on the same DVD and they both take place in Paris. I Met Him in Paris is not a Lubitsch film and has some problems. This film has a fine script, zips along at a great pace, and has some wonderful scenes. I Met Him in Paris didn't really pick up until the second part.

Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert are delightful. It's hard to believe that someone like Gary Cooper actually existed - tall, drop dead gorgeous, and a cowboy to boot. Talk about your perfect man. And what a smile.

Colbert is flawless in acting and in beauty - I saw her up close in 1974 and she looked the same as she did in this film. For as much success that she had, I don't think she ever received the credit for her dramatic work that she deserved, though she did for her comedy.

In her last appearance, in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, she played an actual person, Elsie Woodward (name changed in the movie), and people who knew Elsie said Colbert was totally the character.

I don't think this is Lubitsch's best, but it's still delightful. How can you miss with those stars, that director, and those writers.

David Niven has a supporting role as an employee of Brandon's who is also a friend of Nicole's. He's very funny.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

15 Most Bingeable TV Shows

"The IMDb Show" presents the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time, featuring "Rick and Morty," "The Office," and "Lost."

Watch now