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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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Terror Strikes! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barba Azul See more »

Company Credits

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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

Features John Carradine's own favorite performance. 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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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Strains incorporated into the score at the inspector's office
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An agreeable time-passer
18 February 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a decent little film but more importantly it's a chance for the star (John Carradine) to show he COULD be a leading man and not just a cheesy supporting actor. In fact, I was THRILLED to see this film because only a couple weeks ago, I saw Carradine's worst film (BILLY THE KID VERSUS Dracula). This film helped to wash away the foul stench of failure from my mind--at least temporarily.

The film is, not surprisingly, a low-budget movie. Carradine played in many of these type of films but this one is different because it is actually well written, acted and engaging. And while it is NOT going to change your life by watching it, it does deliver excellent B-movie thrills.


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