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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A "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." 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

Lucille: What would Bluebeard want with me?
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Connections

Version of Barbe-Bleue (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Promenade
from "Pictures at an Exhibition"
Music by Modest Mussorgsky
Used as background underscoring
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Edgar Ulmer-John Carradine-whoa
29 September 2007 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

Once I found out why John Carradine's character, a Paris portrait artist of young women, strangles them after the paintings are finished, the reason didn't seem to make much sense. But it didn't matter anyway because this picture is full of great scenes and camera angles, and extraordinary acting by everyone, especially Carradine and the beautiful Jean Parker. Parker plays a dressmaker who attends Carradine's operatic outdoor puppet show production one night in one of the film's best scenes. The city is gripped by fear of a Bluebeard, a murderer of women apparently. Nils Asther has a marvelous part as the suave police inspector as does Ludwig Stossel as the murderous artist's agent who knows the truth and blackmails him to paint women because the portraits bring a nice price. And this little movie from poverty row near brilliantly brings out a complexity and subtlety that is in almost every weirdly and creatively shot scene.


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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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