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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
The daughter of a penniless marquis teaches her multi-millionaire fiancé a lesson, after learning he has had seven previous wives.

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Michael Brandon
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The Marquis De Loiselle
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Albert De Regnier
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Aunt Hedwige
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Monsieur Pepinard
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Kid Mulligan
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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!

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25 March 1938 (USA)  »

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A Oitava Esposa de Barba-Azul  »

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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 8th Wife (1923). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Nicole de Loiselle: Have you been knocked out?
Kid Mulligan: Plenty. And believe me there's nothin' like it. Aaah, what a sensation. Once I hit the canvas with a bang and the next minute there I was in a Japanese garden, with them pink cherry blossoms. Another time I was floatin' over Constantinople. I tell ya, ya get to see countries ya otherwise couldn't afford to visit.
Nicole de Loiselle: It sounds perfectly wonderful.
Kid Mulligan: And the time I fought Battleship McCarty, boy I'll never forget that second round. Now I ask ya Mrs. Brandon, where is there ...
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

O sole mio
(1898) (uncredited)
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Shaving A Bluebeard
23 September 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Years before pre-nuptial agreements became a regular thing, Ernest Lubitsch made a screen comedy on which they are the basis. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife involves Gary Cooper as a multi-millionaire living on the French Riviera who's been married seven times and now marries Claudette Colbert for number eight. But Cooper's a good sport about it, he always settles with his ex-wives for a $50,000.00 a year as per an agreement they sign before marrying him. Sounds like what we now call a pre-nuptial agreement.

Of course Claudette wants a lot more than that and she feels Cooper takes an entirely too business like approach to marriage. She'd like the real deal and is willing to go some considerable lengths to get it.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife has some really funny moments, the original meeting of Cooper and Colbert in a men's store where Cooper is insisting he wants only pajama tops and Colbert looking for only bottoms. And of course my favorite is Colbert trailing and blackmailing the detective Cooper sends to spy on her. Herman Bing has the best supporting role in the film as that selfsame, flustered detective.

I've often wondered how back in the day Hollywood could get away with casting so many people who are non-French in a film like this. Of course Cooper is an American and Colbert of the cast is the only one actually of French background. Though David Niven is charming as always, having him be a Frenchman is ludicrous, he is sooooooo British.

Nevertheless Bluebeard's Eighth Wife is an enjoyable film and a great example of what was called 'the Lubitsch touch' back in the day.


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