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Writers:
Arnold Phillips (story) and
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Release Date:
11 November 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The most sinister love story ever told!
Plot:
In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of Carradine's and PRC's finest See more (43 total) »

Cast

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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)
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Directed by
Edgar G. Ulmer 
 
Writing credits
Arnold Phillips (story) 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)
 
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Runtime:
72 min (copyright length) | 70 min (DVD)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
A "bluebeard" is a type of serial killer; specifically, it is a man who murders his wives or lovers. This type is named after the fictional "Bluebeard."See more »
Quotes:
Lucille:What would Bluebeard want with me?See more »
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Soundtrack:
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
One of Carradine's and PRC's finest, 19 December 2005
Author: kd-white from United States

This telling of French serial killer Bluebeard (why was he called Bluebeard?) is notable for two reasons - one is John Carradine's haunting yet believable portrayal of a madman's psyche, and the other is for Edgar G. Ulmer's ability to create mood and even grandeur on a tiny budget. While Carradine's acting skills have never been in question, his over-the-top scene stealing in many small roles would make one approach him with caution in a leading role. However, Carradine manages to restrain himself enough to never grow old or cumbersome in the role, while simultaneously delivering his lines memorably - leading to the excellent final crescendo. The plot never tires, the direction is masterful, the ensemble acting (especially the devious art dealer Lamarte) far better than expected, and the final feeling one of satisfaction. While all of this is unadulterated praise, the movie does appear a tad bit stagey (via budgetary concerns) at times, and also moves slowly at certain points. Despite this, Bluebeard is not merely an excellent time-waster, but a movie worthy of any viewer going out, renting, and popping in.

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