Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife




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In this farce a bratty millionaire who used his money to reel in his seven previous wives falls in love with a Riviera shop girl. Unfortunately for him, the plucky and well-born gal isn't interested in him. This only serves to make him want her more. Eventually his persistence pays off when her father strongly advises that she marry him. She does but makes it very clear that she only cares about his money. During the honeymoon, she tries to get him to change, but it doesn't really work. He finally asks for a divorce. Unfortunately, by this time, she has fallen in love with him. Now it is her time to pursue him and all kinds of riotous romantic fun ensues.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 1995
Paramount Pictures


Gary Cooper
as Michael Brandon
Claudette Colbert
as Nicole de Loiselle
Edward Everett Horto...
as The Marquis De Loise...
David Niven
as Albert De Regnier
Elizabeth Patterson
as Aunt Hedwige
Franklin Pangborn
as Asst. Hotel Manager
Herman Bing
as Monsieur Pepinard
Rolfe Sedan
as Floorwalker
Charles Halton
as Monsieur de la Coste
Lawrence Grant
as Prof. Urganzeff
Barlowe Borland
as Uncle Fernandel
Lionel Pape
as Monsieur Potin
Leon Ames
as Ex-Chauffeur
Hooper Atchley
as Excited passenger
Paul Bryar
as Radio announcer
Gino Corrado
as Waiter Who Carries
Armand Cortes
as Asst. Hotel Manager
Joseph Crehan
as American tourist
Ray DeRavenne
as Package Clerk
Paula DeCardo
as Bit part
Ellen Drew
as Secretary
Norah Gale
as Bit part
Pauline Garon
as Customer
Warren Hymer
as Kid Mulligan
Gwen Kenyon
as Bit part
Alphonse Martell
as Hotel Employee
Joyce Mathews
as Bit part
Harold Minjir
as Photographer
Carol Parker
as Bit part
John Picorri
as Conductor
Ruth Rogers
as Bit part
Dorothy White
as Bit part
Tom Ricketts
as Uncle Andre
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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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Ernst Lubitsch seems to be resting on his cliches in this atypically inelegant 1938 comedy.

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

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

Super Reviewer


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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