Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife




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The great Ernst Lubitsch directed this farce (written by Charles M. Brackett and Billy Wilder) about a free-wheeling millionaire, Michael Brandon (Gary Cooper), who enjoys getting married but has a hard time staying married: he's had seven wives and is looking for number eight. He thinks he may have found her in the person of Nicole de Loiselle (Claudette Colbert), whom he meets in a shop on the French Riviera. Unfortunately for Michael, Nicole doesn't like him very much and keeps rebuffing his … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Written By: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett
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On DVD: Mar 28, 1995
Paramount Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

A sporadically funny, somewhat contrived comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Although it's not a bad comedy by our current depressed standards, it has the dickens of a time trying to pass off Gary Cooper as a multi-marrying millionaire.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Ernst Lubitsch seems to be resting on his cliches in this atypically inelegant 1938 comedy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The text (also done as silent), co-scripted by Billy Wilder, seems ideal for the Lubitsch touch, and yet the tone is incongruous and overall the film is disappointing.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012

Lubitsch's classicism gets continually cracked by the unruliness of the screwball genre and by the caustic thrust of the Billy Wilder-Charles Brackett screenplay

Full Review… | November 15, 2009

Audience Reviews for Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

The players are charming but the whimsy falls rather flat in this wannabe souffle. Claudette's wardrobe is amazing especially in the beginning when she is supposed to be penniless and is dressed to the teeth in satins and silks.Certainly entertaining but not quite what you expect from Lubitsch.

jay nixon

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This movie has an star cast, but it's not all it could be. It starts out average, gets funnier, and then gets average again. It is a slightly different story than usual, though, so it is worth watching.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Underrated Ernst Lubitsch classic, and although it is not among his best work it is still a charming and amusing romantic comedy. The cast is terrific, and stars Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper have a fine rapport. Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn and Elizabeth Patterson provide great support. Well written with grand art direction and costume design.

James Higgins

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