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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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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 | 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)

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Trivia:
The film was originally meant to be directed by Orson Welles and starring Charles Chaplin, but Chaplin backed out at the last moment, saying that he had never had anyone direct him before and didn't want to start. Instead, he bought the screenplay off Welles and re-wrote parts of it, crediting Welles with only the "idea". Welles said that, despite most of the script being his, he didn't mind as it was one of his lesser works.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:Business is a ruthless business, my dear.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Bluebeard (1963)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
fine work, 10 May 2007
Author: (gsygsy) from london uk

This movie is a fine example a genre which attained enormous popularity during and in the decade after World War Two. These so-called "black comedies" (a term perhaps alluding to the funereal subject matter, ranging from fluffy (Noel Coward's "Bithe Spirit" - on stage in 1941, filmed in 1945) to darkly absurd (Ealing's "The Ladykillers" in 1955), turned death into situation comedy. Falling out of favour in the 60s, black comedy returned somewhat in the work of Robert Altman, before being brought back to full glory by the Coen Brothers.

Although the most enduringly successful example of black comedy is perhaps "Arsenic and Old Lace" (stage 1941/film 1944), two of the very greatest filmmakers blessed it with their contributions. Alfred Hitchcock to some extent incarnated the essence of it every time he introduced an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", but his definitive statement - "The Trouble with Harry" - just preceded the TV shows in 1955.

Charles Chaplin's dark vision, "Monsieur Verdoux", was released in 1947, just before the anti-Communist cries against him were to drive him out of America. A political backdrop is either entirely absent or implicit in the other examples of the genre I've mentioned, but Chaplin makes it explicit, and some might say that, to some extent, this unbalances the last reel of an otherwise utterly brilliant film. Others perhaps will be more sympathetic to the historical context. For me, while completely supporting Chaplin's observations concerning the business of war, the heavy underlining of his message does seem a flaw when viewing the film today.

All the same, "Monsieur Verdoux" is a magnificent achievement, not least in its wonderful gallery of characters, many played by character actors rarely seen on screen. Two in particular stand out, both playing wives of the much-married Verdoux: dour, unsmiling Margaret Hoffman, who goes to her death in an extraordinary scene of darkness followed by sudden light; and Martha Raye, in her best cinematic role, as the wife Verdoux fails to kill. Raye is such an explosion of energy and personality that the screen can barely contain her. To watch her and Chaplin in their scenes together is sheer joy.

The script is witty, the photography excellent, and Chaplin's penchant for sentimentality is held well in check. It is, except for the end, an unusually subtle movie, its tone completely in keeping with its French setting.

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