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Bluebeard (1944)

Passed | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 11 November 1944 (USA)
In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Arnold Lipp (story) (as Arnold Phillips), Werner H. Furst (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Carradine ... Gaston Morel
Jean Parker ... Lucille Lutien
Nils Asther ... Inspector Jacques Lefevre
Ludwig Stössel ... Jean Lamarte (as Ludwig Stossel)
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... Inspector Renard
Teala Loring ... Francine Lutien
Sonia Sorel Sonia Sorel ... Renee Claremont
Henry Kolker ... Deschamps
Emmett Lynn ... Le Soldat
Iris Adrian ... Mimi Robert
Patti McCarty Patti McCarty ... Babette
Carrie Devan Carrie Devan ... Constance
Anne Sterling Anne Sterling ... Jeanette Le Beau
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Storyline

A killer of young women, dubbed Bluebeard, is loose in Paris. Lucille and her friends meet Gaston Morrell, a puppeteer. He invites them to a show the next night; they go. Afterwards, he walks with Lucille; she offers to make costumes for his next show, he accepts, and feelings develop that may lead to love. She suspects he has a tragic past. Meanwhile, his leaving the show with Lucille prompts the jealousy of Renee, Gaston's sometime lover. Lucille's younger sister, Francine, comes back to Paris - her boyfriend is Inspector Lefebre, who's hunting for Bluebeard. Some clues point toward Lamart, a greedy art dealer. Who is in danger, and can Gaston be trusted? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The most sinister love story ever told! See more »

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barba Azul See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in six days. See more »

Goofs

A cravat with which Bluebeard supposedly strangles his victims features prominently in the plot, but every time we actually see Bluebeard strangle someone, he does so with his bare hands. See more »

Quotes

Gaston Morrell: Lucille, I want to tell you something no other living person knows...
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Faust
(1859)
Written by Charles Gounod
Excerpts played and sung in English at the marionette show
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Low-budgeted as well as effective picture about an infamous character who knocks off series of beautiful women
2 June 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Paris ,France , a tormented painter and puppeteer called Gaston Morrell (one of John Carradine's best vehicles) has a psychopatic urge to strangle gorgeous women . As he contacts Parisian women through his paintings posing as models he seduces and eventually kills them in order to carry out his dark purports . Among those getting the ending curtain call from "bluebeard" (is a type of serial killer ; specifically, it is a man who murders his wives or lovers , this type is named after the fictional "Bluebeard") are Francine Lutien , Lucille Lutien and Renee Claremont .

This chiller is based on lady killer Henry-Denise Landru who seduced and murdered several women . The flick realized Noir style packs thrills , chills , drama , suspense and a lot of murders . Good acting by John Carradine as an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them . It features John Carradine's own favorite performance . Furthermore , there appears Jean Parker as Lucille Lutien and Nils Asther and Inspector Jacques . And film debut of actress Sonia Sorel -Mrs. John Carradine- , who went on to do several more titles for director Edgar G. Ulmer.

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely and usually badly edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duplicated from second- or third-generation or more copies of the film . Eugen Schüfftan was actually the director of photography but could not be credited on screen because he was not yet a member of the cinematographer's union . So he was credited as production designer, the job actually done by director Edgar G. Ulmer, while the camera operator Jockey Arthur Feindel was credited as director of photography . This Noir film was professionally directed by Edgar G Ulmer , being filmed in six days . Edgar was born on September 17, 1904 in Olmütz, Moravia, Czech Republic as Edgar George Ulmer. He was a director and writer, known for Satanás (1934), Detour (1945) and People on Sunday (1930) , Aníbal (1959) , The Amazing Transparent Man (1960) , Beyond the Time Barrier (1960) , among others .

Other films dealing with this known character , Henry ¨Bluebeard¨ Landru , -who was really father of various children, disposed and married 11 wives and killed them in order to feed his little family , being subsequently beheaded- , are the followings : ¨Bluebeard¨ (1901) by George Melies ; ¨Monsieur Verdoux¨ (1947) with Charles Chaplin and Martha Ryer ; ¨Bluebeard's 10 honeymoon¨ by W.L. Wilder with George Sanders , Patricia Roc and Corinne Calvet ; ¨Bluebeard¨(1963) by Claude Chabrol with Charles Denner , Stephane Audran , Danielle Darrieux , Michele Morgan and Hildegarde Neff ; soporific remake titled ¨Bluebeard¨(1972) by Edward Dmytryck with Richard Burton, Joey Heatherton , Rachel Welch , Sybil Danning , Natahalie Delon , Virna Lisi ; and ¨¨Bluebeard¨(2009) by Catherine Breillat with Dominique Thomas and Lola Creton .


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