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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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Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. 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 »

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Lucille: What would Bluebeard want with me?
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John Carradine is the clean shaven Bluebeard in this movie as the lady killer of Paris
5 November 2004 | by sol1218See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Dark and creepy film set in the city of lights, Paris France, in the 19th century that had become dark with fear as night time approached. Women of that city are locked in their homes in fear of a psycho killer. John Carradine looking like a very handsome and young Abraham Lincoln is the clean-shaven lady-killer Gaston Morrell known only as Bluebeard to the police and people of the city.

Gaston was a promising Parisian artist who had a very bad experience as a young and upcoming painter that had him quit that profession. The experience lead Gaston to the murder of the beautiful women who modeled for his paintings. Times were tough for Gastone and his puppet act that he supported himself with in bringing in the bacon that he needed to pay the rent and put food on the table.

With his landlords Gean Lamarte, Ludwig Stossel, insistence Gaston went back to painting so that he can have Lamarte sell his painting for money to pay his bills. The trouble is that whoever Gaston painted, always beautiful models, he ended up murdering because in Gaston's eyes they weren't perfect and like a bad painting he discarded them.

Told by Gaston to only sell his paintings, which were anonymous, to private dealers the greedy Lamarte sold one of them to an owner of a art gallery that was immediately recognized by the Paris Police as one of Bluebeard's victims! The police wanted to know from Lamarte just who was the person who painted that woman before she was murdered?

Gaston had fallen in love with Lucille, Jean Parker, who he found to be the perfect woman that was not in need of being killed by him like the other models. The Paris Police had Lucille's sister Francine, Teala Loring, go undercover and pose as a model to find out who the painter of Bluebeard's victim. The police plan to match the paintings breaststrokes and flesh tones with the dead woman's painting. That decision by the Paris Police and Francine would prove fatal for her.

In the end even Lucille, the love of his life, would turn against Gaston for murdering her sister. The police coming to her rescue broke into Gaston's studio before he could murder Lucille. Gastone chased across the rooftops of the city falls into the Seine River and drown.

The only negative opinion I have to say about the movie is that the DVD of the film "Bluebeard" has some of the worse sound I ever heard in a movie. At the same time no sub-titles of the English dialog were in it. I had to see the the movie again to get a grip of what the actors and actresses were saying.


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