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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screenplay), Billy Wilder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Nicole De Loiselle
Gary Cooper ... Michael Brandon
Edward Everett Horton ... The Marquis De Loiselle
David Niven ... Albert De Regnier
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Hedwige
Herman Bing ... Monsieur Pepinard
Warren Hymer ... Kid Mulligan
Franklin Pangborn ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Armand Cortes Armand Cortes ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Floorwalker
Lawrence Grant ... Professor Urganzeff
Lionel Pape ... Monsieur Potin
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Clerk
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Storyline

US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon marries his eight wife, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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He married in haste and repeated in pleasure!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blåskäggs åttonde hustru See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ernst Lubitsch originally wanted Marion Davies for the part of Nicole, but she had retired from films by 1938. See more »

Goofs

When Nicole shuts the door to her part of the apartment to keep Michael out, you can hear her locking it. But throughout the film there is no keyhole or lock visible on either side of her door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Floorwalker: Bon jour, monsieur. Is there something I could show you?
Michael Brandon: Pajamas.
Floorwalker: Will you be so good as to step this way. May I call your attention to the fact that we are featuring a special sale at reduced prices of raincoats, umbrellas, tennis rackets and portable phonographs.
Michael Brandon: I want some pajamas.
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Soundtracks

O sole mio
(1898) (uncredited)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
In the score during a Czechoslavakian scene
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Shaving A Bluebeard
23 September 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Years before pre-nuptial agreements became a regular thing, Ernest Lubitsch made a screen comedy on which they are the basis. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife involves Gary Cooper as a multi-millionaire living on the French Riviera who's been married seven times and now marries Claudette Colbert for number eight. But Cooper's a good sport about it, he always settles with his ex-wives for a $50,000.00 a year as per an agreement they sign before marrying him. Sounds like what we now call a pre-nuptial agreement.

Of course Claudette wants a lot more than that and she feels Cooper takes an entirely too business like approach to marriage. She'd like the real deal and is willing to go some considerable lengths to get it.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife has some really funny moments, the original meeting of Cooper and Colbert in a men's store where Cooper is insisting he wants only pajama tops and Colbert looking for only bottoms. And of course my favorite is Colbert trailing and blackmailing the detective Cooper sends to spy on her. Herman Bing has the best supporting role in the film as that selfsame, flustered detective.

I've often wondered how back in the day Hollywood could get away with casting so many people who are non-French in a film like this. Of course Cooper is an American and Colbert of the cast is the only one actually of French background. Though David Niven is charming as always, having him be a Frenchman is ludicrous, he is sooooooo British.

Nevertheless Bluebeard's Eighth Wife is an enjoyable film and a great example of what was called 'the Lubitsch touch' back in the day.


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