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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married and divorced seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.

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Complete credited cast:
... Nicole De Loiselle
... Michael Brandon
... The Marquis De Loiselle
... Albert De Regnier
... Aunt Hedwige
... Monsieur Pepinard
... Kid Mulligan
... Assistant Hotel Manager
Armand Cortes ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Rolfe Sedan ... Floorwalker
... Professor Urganzeff
Lionel Pape ... Monsieur Potin
Tyler Brooke ... Clerk
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US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon marries his eight wife, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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He married in haste and repeated in pleasure!

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A Oitava Esposa de Barba-Azul  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Many people who are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Tom Ricketts (Uncle Andre), James Dime (Prizefighter), Eugene Borden (Waiter on Stairs), Jean De Briac (Waiter in Corridor), Sheila Darcy (Maid), Alphonse Martell (Hotel Employee), Paul Gustine (Man in Steamship Office), Hooper Atchley (Excited Passenger), Ellen Drew (Secretary) and Henry Roquemore (Fat Man). See more »

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Cooper complains that he can't sleep because he can hear the ocean. However, Nice, on the French Riviera, only borders the Mediterranean, which is a sea, not an ocean. The nearest ocean, being the Atlantic, is at least 300 miles away. See more »

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[first lines]
Floorwalker: Bon jour, monsieur. Is there something I could show you?
Michael Brandon: Pajamas.
Floorwalker: Will you be so good as to step this way. May I call your attention to the fact that we are featuring a special sale at reduced prices of raincoats, umbrellas, tennis rackets and portable phonographs.
Michael Brandon: I want some pajamas.
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Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "Midsummer Night's Dream"
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Variations in the score after the wedding and at the train station
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Shaving A Bluebeard
23 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Years before pre-nuptial agreements became a regular thing, Ernest Lubitsch made a screen comedy on which they are the basis. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife involves Gary Cooper as a multi-millionaire living on the French Riviera who's been married seven times and now marries Claudette Colbert for number eight. But Cooper's a good sport about it, he always settles with his ex-wives for a $50,000.00 a year as per an agreement they sign before marrying him. Sounds like what we now call a pre-nuptial agreement.

Of course Claudette wants a lot more than that and she feels Cooper takes an entirely too business like approach to marriage. She'd like the real deal and is willing to go some considerable lengths to get it.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife has some really funny moments, the original meeting of Cooper and Colbert in a men's store where Cooper is insisting he wants only pajama tops and Colbert looking for only bottoms. And of course my favorite is Colbert trailing and blackmailing the detective Cooper sends to spy on her. Herman Bing has the best supporting role in the film as that selfsame, flustered detective.

I've often wondered how back in the day Hollywood could get away with casting so many people who are non-French in a film like this. Of course Cooper is an American and Colbert of the cast is the only one actually of French background. Though David Niven is charming as always, having him be a Frenchman is ludicrous, he is sooooooo British.

Nevertheless Bluebeard's Eighth Wife is an enjoyable film and a great example of what was called 'the Lubitsch touch' back in the day.


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