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Bluebeard -- In Paris, an artist hires models to paint portraits, but unfortunately for them, he has an uncontrollable urge to strangle his models upon finishing their portrait.

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Writers:
Arnold Lipp (story) and
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Release Date:
11 November 1944 (USA) See more »
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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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Low-budgeted as well as effective picture about an infamous character who knocks off series of beautiful women See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
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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:
Features John Carradine's own favorite performance.See more »
Quotes:
Gaston Morrell:Lucille, I want to tell you something no other living person knows...See more »
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Soundtrack:
La MarseillaiseSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Low-budgeted as well as effective picture about an infamous character who knocks off series of beautiful women, 2 June 2014
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Paris ,France , a tormented painter and puppeteer called Gaston Morrell (one of John Carradine's best vehicles) has a psychopatic urge to strangle gorgeous women . As he contacts Parisian women through his paintings posing as models he seduces and eventually kills them in order to carry out his dark purports . Among those getting the ending curtain call from "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") are Francine Lutien , Lucille Lutien and Renee Claremont .

This chiller is based on lady killer Henry-Denise Landru who seduced and murdered several women . The flick realized Noir style packs thrills , chills , drama , suspense and a lot of murders . Good acting by John Carradine as an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them . It features John Carradine's own favorite performance . Furthermore , there appears Jean Parker as Lucille Lutien and Nils Asther and Inspector Jacques . And film debut of actress Sonia Sorel -Mrs. John Carradine- , who went on to do several more titles for director Edgar G. Ulmer.

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely and usually badly edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duplicated from second- or third-generation or more copies of the film . Eugen Schüfftan was actually the director of photography but could not be credited on screen because he was not yet a member of the cinematographer's union . So he was credited as production designer, the job actually done by director Edgar G. Ulmer, while the camera operator Jockey Arthur Feindel was credited as director of photography . This Noir film was professionally directed by Edgar G Ulmer , being filmed in six days . Edgar was born on September 17, 1904 in Olmütz, Moravia, Czech Republic as Edgar George Ulmer. He was a director and writer, known for Satanás (1934), Detour (1945) and People on Sunday (1930) , Aníbal (1959) , The Amazing Transparent Man (1960) , Beyond the Time Barrier (1960) , among others .

Other films dealing with this known character , Henry ¨Bluebeard¨ Landru , -who was really father of various children, disposed and married 11 wives and killed them in order to feed his little family , being subsequently beheaded- , are the followings : ¨Bluebeard¨ (1901) by George Melies ; ¨Monsieur Verdoux¨ (1947) with Charles Chaplin and Martha Ryer ; ¨Bluebeard's 10 honeymoon¨ by W.L. Wilder with George Sanders , Patricia Roc and Corinne Calvet ; ¨Bluebeard¨(1963) by Claude Chabrol with Charles Denner , Stephane Audran , Danielle Darrieux , Michele Morgan and Hildegarde Neff ; soporific remake titled ¨Bluebeard¨(1972) by Edward Dmytryck with Richard Burton, Joey Heatherton , Rachel Welch , Sybil Danning , Natahalie Delon , Virna Lisi ; and ¨¨Bluebeard¨(2009) by Catherine Breillat with Dominique Thomas and Lola Creton .

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