Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Monsieur Verdoux



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Movie Info

"Von Clausewitz said that war is the logical extension of diplomacy; Monsieur Verdoux feels that murder is the logical extension of business." With his controversial "comedy of murders" Monsieur Verdoux, Charles Chaplin makes his final, definitive break with the Little Tramp character that had brought him fame and fortune. Verdoux (Chaplin), a mild-mannered family man of pre-war France, has hit upon a novel method of supporting his loved ones. He periodically heads out of town, assumes an alias, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 16, 2000
Criterion Collection


as Henri Verdoux

as Annette

as Annabella Bonheur

as Marie Grosnay

as Mona Verdoux

as Peter Verdoux, Their...

as Maurice Bottello

as Martha Bottello

as Marie's Maid

as Lydia Floray

as Pierre Couvais

as Jean Couvais

as Lena Couvais

as Carlotta Couvais

as Prefect of Police

as Detective Morrow

as Real Estate Agent

as Jean Couvais

as Joe Darwin

as Mrs. Darwin

as Jean La Salle

as Priest

as Mr. Karno

as Wedding Guest

as Extra at Wedding Par...

as Prison Official

as Victim of the Crash

as Bank Manager

as Annabella's Friend

as Wedding Guest

as Victim of the Crash

as Reporter

as Prison Official

as Broker

as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

Perfection? Arguably not; Verdoux has clunky moments and some flat casting, but with an able assist from the great comedian Martha Raye, Chaplin's latter-day greatness is readily apparent.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece.

Full Review… | June 9, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
Top Critic

Shapes up as Chaplin's most startling, most invigorating movie: its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An engrossingly wry and paradoxical film, screamingly funny in places, sentimental in others, sometimes slow and devoted to an unusually serious and sobering argument.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The film's cynical vision is as lucid as it is unrelenting.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

Except for one touching moment and a hilarious poisoning scene, this uneven "comedy of murders" is of extreme bad taste and has a serious problem in structure and tone - placing a putrid character in such a sloppy attempt at a commentary.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

The greatest comedian of all time finally leaves behind 'The Tramp' the character that made him famous, and here plays a serial killer, a very affable and charming one, though.
A gem of black comedy, in which Chaplin showed a little wickedness, without abandoning his social commentary nor his sentimentality.
He easily proves why murder can be also a laughing matter.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

This reminded me a lot of Kind Hearts and Coronets, where the murder attempts are just so hilariously wicked you overlook the immorality of it all (seriously, that boat scene between Chaplin and Raye was PRICELESS) and the killer is seemingly unremorseful all the way to the end. But of course between Alec Guinness and Charlie Chaplin, I vastly prefer the latter. I'm sorry, Alec, but you don't hold a candle to Chaplin's supreme wit. Chaplin takes what could've been a very macabre and depressing subject (ok, seriously, it's Orson Welles) and turns it into a riot. Monsieur Verdoux, you are my hero.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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