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Bluebeard (1944)


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Release Date: Nov 11, 1944 Wide



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Bluebeard casts the saturnine John Carradine as Gaston, a popular painter in 19th century Paris. Unbeknownst to the authorities, Gaston is also the serial killer of beautiful young women who they have been seeking for several months. Whenever a girl fails to come up to Gaston's standards of perfection, she is summarily strangled to death. Gaston's latest model is the gorgeous Lucille (Jean Parker), who once she learns her employer's horrible secret courageously vows to bring him to justice. ~


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics


Pierre Gendron

Jun 29, 2004

PRC Pictures Inc.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (0) | DVD (7)

A breathtakingly self-reflexive portrait

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Ulmer's third masterpiece, after The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945); it's one of his few films that overcame its wretched budget.

October 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's prolific actor John Carradine's first starring role in a horror film and his own favorite performance.

September 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Interessante versão da história de Barba-Azul, desta vez com um Carradine atipicamente contido e, conseqüentemente, muito eficaz.

April 4, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Dream-like film mixing opera, crime and puppets in 19th Century Paris.

January 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Really good Ulmer film marred by an atrocious musical score

August 22, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Bluebeard

A painter/puppeteer kills his models in 19th century Paris. A dusty and lifeless serial killer relic; when John Carradine is acting (rather than over-acting) he's actually a pretty dull fellow. Hard to believe this was made by the same director who made the B-masterpieces THE BLACK CAT and DETOUR; even harder to believe that 100% positive Rotten Tomatoes rating.
May 15, 2013
Greg S

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An okay adaptation of the story of Bluebeard, not great, but not bad either.
December 17, 2010

Super Reviewer

it was pretty good but it lost the star because A) the lady is just a a-whole and cants just love the guy like he loves her wich i thought was crapppy of her just ? him gosh!!! wah wah he killed your sis but u LOVE HIM!! and B) fricken puppets ahhhh :P
June 18, 2008
Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

Edgar G. Ulmer may be considered a bit of a genius when it came to making bottom-of-the-bucket budget films for the studio PRC, but he simply can't raise the quality of every picture above its limitations. There are occasional signs of creativity in the camera angles, but the film, including a couple action shots, is nearly always badly lit. The script and Carradine's performance as a painter/puppeteer/serial killer do not evoke strong feelings for the characters in one direction or the other.
November 13, 2013

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