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Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 December 1947 (Sweden)
A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mady Correll ...
Mona - His Wife
Allison Roddan ...
Peter - Their Son
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Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend
Audrey Betz ...
Martha - His Wife
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Annabella Bonheur
Ada May ...
Annette - Her Maid (as Ada-May)
Isobel Elsom ...
Marie Grosnay
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Her Maid
Helene Heigh ...
Yvonne - Marie's Friend
Margaret Hoffman ...
Lydia Floray
Marilyn Nash ...
The Girl
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Pierre Couvais
Edwin Mills ...
Jean Couvais
Virginia Brissac ...
Carlotta Couvais
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Storyline

Monsieur Verdoux is a bluebeard, he marries women and kills them after the marriage to get the money he needs for his family. But with two ladies he has bad luck. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Hysterical laughter! Haunting romance! Shocking drama! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

8 December 1947 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Comedy of Murders  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,044 (USA) (11 July 2008)

Gross:

$64,636 (USA) (28 June 2013)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The tune that Verdoux plays on the piano as Lydia sits by after she withdrew the 70,000 francs is the opening and closing theme to 'Charles Chaplin' *qv('s A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923), which he used in 1976 when he re-scored the picture. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in the years 1932-1937, all the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly in the 1946-1947 mode, when the film was made. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: Well, if you must know, I'm just out of jail.
Henri Verdoux: What were you in for?
The Girl: What's the difference? "Larceny," they called it.
Henri Verdoux: "Larceny"?
The Girl: Petty larceny... Pawning a rented typewriter.
Henri Verdoux: Dear, dear. Couldn't you do better than that? What did you get?
The Girl: Three months.
Henri Verdoux: So this is your first day out of jail?
The Girl: Yes.
Henri Verdoux: I see... Poor dear. Ah, well, nothing is permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles.
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Connections

Referenced in Ta paidia tou Kronou (1985) See more »

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Chaplin's Finest Sound Film?
8 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A suave but cynical man (Charles Chaplin) supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.

This film is brilliant, because it is not just entertaining, but also has a strong message. On the surface, it is a man who marries women and kills them in order to get their money. This in itself makes for a good film (and is somewhat risqué for the 1940s). But then, it is also a metaphor for society -- capitalism, imperialism, war... Chaplin takes on the Great Depression and the war industry.

Most people know Chaplin for his silent films and tramp character, but he really became a strong filmmaker in his later years. This film, along with "Great Dictator" and "King in New York" are among his best works. It is a shame that for whatever reason he is not remembered for the second half of his career.


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