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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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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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Terror Strikes! See more »

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Sunday 5 March 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in New York City Wednesday 21 June 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). 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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Connections

Version of Bluebeard (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Faust
(1859)
Written by Charles Gounod
Excerpts played and sung in English at the marionette show
Excerpts played often in the score
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John Carradine was Outstanding
11 May 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Always enjoyed the films of John Carradine and in this film you will see his great acting abilities as a painter who loves to paint beautiful women and gets a thrill out of killing them. John playing the role of Bluebeard is a natural to him with all his expressions and eyes that seem to glow like moons. The law is constantly trying to find this killer and they keep going around in circles. Bluebead meets up with a very attractive girl named Lucille, (Jean Parker) who seems to make him change his ways and he actually falls in love with her and she has no idea just what type of man he is, except that he paints a good picture. This is a great John Carradine Classic which is worth watching after his many horror films over the years of his career.


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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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(copyright length) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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