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Bluebeard -- In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.


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Release Date:
11 November 1944 (USA) See more »
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In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Carradine ... Gaston Morel

Jean Parker ... Lucille Lutien

Nils Asther ... Inspector Jacques Lefevre
Ludwig Stössel ... Jean Lamarte (as Ludwig Stossel)
George Pembroke ... Inspector Renard
Teala Loring ... Francine Lutien
Sonia Sorel ... Renee Claremont
Henry Kolker ... Deschamps
Emmett Lynn ... Le Soldat
Iris Adrian ... Mimi Robert
Patti McCarty ... Babette
Carrie Devan ... Constance
Anne Sterling ... Jeanette Le Beau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Cording ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Inquiry Judge (uncredited)
Mabel Forrest ... Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Eddie Hall ... Paul (uncredited)
John Maxwell Hayes ... Man (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

George Irving ... The Duke of Carineaux (uncredited)

Directed by
Edgar G. Ulmer 
Writing credits
Arnold Lipp (story) (as Arnold Phillips) and
Werner H. Furst (story)

Pierre Gendron (screenplay)

Produced by
Leon Fromkess .... producer
Martin Mooney .... associate producer
Original Music by
Leo Erdody  (as Erdody)
Cinematography by
Jockey Arthur Feindel (director of photography) (as Jockey A. Feindel)
Eugen Schüfftan (uncredited)
Production Design by
Eugen Schüfftan  (as Eugen Schufftan)
Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Set Decoration by
Glenn P. Thompson 
Makeup Department
Loretta Francel .... hair stylist
Milburn Morante .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chris Beute .... production manager (as C.A. Beute)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raoul Pagel .... assistant director (as Raoul E. Pagel)
Art Department
Angelo Scibetta .... assistant art director
Charles Stevens .... master of properties
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound engineer (as John Carter)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Wade .... wardrobe (as James H. Wade)
Editorial Department
Carl Pierson .... supervising editor
Music Department
Leo Erdody .... conductor (as Erdody)
Other crew
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
72 min (copyright length) | 70 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #10303) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Shot in six days.See more »
Lucille:What would Bluebeard want with me?See more »
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Carradine's finest hour, 23 September 2004
Author: preppy-3 from United States

John Carradine plays Blubeard--he paints women and then strangles them to death. He doesn't want to do it but is compelled to (we find out why at the end). Then he falls in love with beautiful Lucille (Jean Parker) and tries to fight his desire...

John Carradine said this was his best performance--he's right! He's dead on target in the title role. He shows that Bluebeard is not evil and driven by impulses beyond his control. He uses body language and facial expressions perfectly. Also director Edgar G. Ulmer directs this beautifully with strange camera angles and lots of shadows making this very atmospheric. Also there are some beautifully done background paintings.

But this was done over at PRC--a poverty row studio. Unfortunately it shows. The furnishings and costumes look pretty tacky and it just FEELS low budget. Also the biggest problem is constant background music. It's ALWAYS playing and very annoying. Half the time the music doesn't even match the mood of what's being acted! These prevent the film from becoming a true classic.

As it stands I'm giving it an 8 for Carradine and Ulmer. It should be seen just for them. Also this is one of the few films that prove what a good actor Carradine actually was.

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