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Director:
Writers:
Charles Chaplin (an original story written by)
Orson Welles (based on an idea by)
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Release Date:
8 December 1947 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Chaplin's Bluebeard comedy is a killer! See more »
Plot:
A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins See more »
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"One murder makes a villain; millions a hero. Numbers sanctify." See more (69 total) »

Cast

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Charles Chaplin ... Henri Verdoux - Alias Varnay - Alias Bonheur - Alias Floray
Mady Correll ... Mona - His Wife
Allison Roddan ... Peter - Their Son
Robert Lewis ... Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend
Audrey Betz ... Martha - His Wife
Martha Raye ... Annabella Bonheur
Ada May ... Annette - Her Maid (as Ada-May)
Isobel Elsom ... Marie Grosnay
Marjorie Bennett ... Her Maid
Helene Heigh ... Yvonne - Marie's Friend
Margaret Hoffman ... Lydia Floray
Marilyn Nash ... The Girl
Irving Bacon ... Pierre Couvais
Edwin Mills ... Jean Couvais
Virginia Brissac ... Carlotta Couvais
Almira Sessions ... Lena Couvais
Eula Morgan ... Phoebe Couvais
Bernard Nedell ... Prefect of Police (as Bernard J. Nedell)
Charles Evans ... Detective Morrow

William Frawley ... Jean La Salle
Arthur Hohl ... Real Estate Agent
Barbara Slater ... Flower Girl
Fritz Leiber ... Father Fareaux
Vera Marshe ... Mrs. Vicki Darwin
John Harmon ... Joe Darwin
Christine Ell ... Louise - Maid
Lois Conklin ... Florist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Abbott ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Warren Ashe ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Sidewalk Cafe Customer (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Pharmacist (uncredited)
Julius Cramer ... Executioner (uncredited)
James Craven ... Bismo - Annabella's Friend (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Broker (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Waiter (uncredited)
Daniel De Jonghe ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Dee ... Waiter (uncredited)
Josette Deegan ... Waitress (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Postman (uncredited)
Wheeler Dryden ... Salesman (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... Woman in the Street (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Garden Party Guest Getting Sprayed (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Victim of the Stock Market Crash (uncredited)
Joseph Granby ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Prison Official (uncredited)
Fred Karno Jr. ... Mr. Karno (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Cafe Royal Doorman (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Gossipy Woman Hanging Clothes (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Reveler at Can Can Club (uncredited)
Therese Lyon ... Jeannette - the Verdoux Maid (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Onlooker in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Bystander (uncredited)

Edna Purviance ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Doctor (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Bank Manager (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Carlo Schipa ... Waiter (uncredited)
William Self ... Max - a Reporter (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... Mortgage Banker (uncredited)
Millard Sherwood ... Mr. Carno (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Stock Broker (uncredited)
Nanette Vallon ... Maid (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Bank Manager's Friend (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Prison Official (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (an original story written by)

Orson Welles (based on an idea by)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (director of photography)
Curt Courant (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Willard Nico (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
 
Makeup Department
William Knight .... makeup
Hedy Mjorud .... hair stylist (as Hedvig Mjorud)
 
Production Management
John McFadden .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rex Bailey .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Curt Courant .... artistic supervision (as Curtis Courant)
 
Sound Department
James T. Corrigan .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wallace Chewning .... operative cameraman
Frank Testera .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Drew Tetrick .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Rudy Schrager .... music arranger (as Rudolph Schrager)
Rudy Schrager .... music director (as Rudolph Schrager)
Georg Kreisler .... musician: piano double: Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wheeler Dryden .... associate director
Robert Florey .... associate director
Russell Birdwell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Harry Crocker .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Johnny Kascier .... stand-in: Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Dale Tate .... title designer (uncredited)
Ann Toth .... stand-in: Helene Heigh (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
124 min | West Germany:110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Denmark:7 (2003) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-11 (re-rating) | France:U | Norway:16 | South Korea:All | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (1986) | UK:A (1947) (cut) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #12225) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The producers of the film were sued in 1948 by Parisian bank employee Henri Verdoux.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Henri Verdoux:This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chaplin Today: A Woman of Paris (2003) (TV)See more »

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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
"One murder makes a villain; millions a hero. Numbers sanctify.", 19 October 2004
Author: Tanja Larina (tanichmsu@list.ru) from Moscow

In his autobiography Charles Chaplin called this film his "cleverest and most brilliant" comedy, yet very few people at the time the movie was released shared this view. It was the first Chaplin US failure both with critics and audiences (though in Europe the film did quite well).

Here Chaplin plays Henri Verdoux, a serial killer who makes his living by marrying and murdering lonely reach women. Chaplin softened his character by making him a lifelong bank clerk who was laid off at the age when it was already too late to start life anew, meanwhile he has a family to support (a small son and an invalid wife). He's caught and put to trial where he accuses a hypocritical society of sanctioned mass murders and describes himself as an amateur in the field. Originally the idea belonged to Orson Welles who wanted to make a movie based on the story of a notorious murderer Henri Landru, a Frenchman who was executed in 1922 for murdering 8 women. Welles asked Chaplin to star in his film but the latter refused as he thought it was too late for him to play in a movie directed by someone else. But he bought the original idea from Welles and made what could have been a detective story or a thriller into a black comedy. It was certainly provocative and its sarcastic and ironic gravity was astonishing for the time. There is a scene, for instance, when Verdoux while waiting for the execution, talks to a journalist and pronounces the words that still fill me with horror (as they are as true nowadays as they had been fifty years ago):"Wars, conflicts - it's all business. One murder makes a villain; millions a hero. Numbers sanctify." Yet "Monsieur Verdoux" which is generally known as the most pessimistic of Chaplin films is not devoided of humour. On the contrary, at some moments it's extraordinary funny: take for instance the famous scenes with his "wives" (Annabella or Lydia)or those with madam Grosnay (my favourite bit is when Verdoux is talking to her from a flower shop, the look at the flower girl's face is wonderful!). I believe the film is one of the best I've ever seen and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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