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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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Underrated Masterpiece See more (43 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 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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Masterpiece, 21 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Set in 19th Century France, Bluebeard in some ways resembles a French Jack the Ripper tale. It is centered on Gaston Morrell (John Carradine), an eccentric visual artist and owner of a marionette show.

Although I remained perplexed as to why Morrell was referred to as Bluebeard, I can't say it bothered me much, as this is an excellent, captivating horror/thriller with fine performances, great direction, cinematography and set design, and a well written, taut script. It earned a 10 out of 10 from me.

The Parisian setting worked well, with the Seine playing a crucial role throughout the film. Carradine was fantastic--twisted yet debonair ala Vincent Price's best work, and even the most minor cast members were a joy to watch.

Another aspect that helped push the film up to a 10 for me was the score. Although consisting of various source-music, it made perfect, prominent usage of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. It enhanced the tension and atmosphere of the film, and the programmatic aspect of Mussorgsky's piece is appropriate.

Also worth noting are the countless references to the German expressionistic style in Bluebeard's set design and cinematography. There are strong shadows throughout most of the film. At times, the angles in the sets are as exaggerated as those in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), and the climactic chase across Parisian rooftops was particularly reminiscent of Caligari.

But the film wouldn't succeed without a great script. Bluebeard has one. There are no loose threads. The story is economical yet satisfying, finely woven, suspenseful and complex. This is an underrated film that deserves more attention.

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