Monsieur Verdoux

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Charles Chaplin adds an undercurrent of malice to his comedic persona in Monsieur Verdoux, an unsettling satire that subverts the tramp's image to perversely amusing effect.

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In this controversial "comedy of murders," Charlie Chaplin stars as Verdoux, a mild-mannered family man of pre-war France. Verdoux has made a career out of marrying foolish, wealthy women and murdering them for the insurance money. He does this thirteen times with success, but wife #14 proves impossible to kill.

Cast

Charles Chaplin
as Henri Verdoux
Martha Raye
as Annabella Bonheur
Isobel Elsom
as Marie Grosnay
Mady Correll
as Mona Verdoux
Allison Roddan
as Peter Verdoux, Their Son
Robert Lewis
as Maurice Bottello
Audrey Betz
as Martha Bottello
Ada May
as Annette
Marjorie Bennett
as Marie's Maid
Margaret Hoffman
as Lydia Floray
Irving Bacon
as Pierre Couvais
Edwin Mills
as Jean Couvais
Almira Sessions
as Lena Couvais
Virginia Brissac
as Carlotta Couvais
Bernard Nedell
as Prefect of Police
Charles Evans
as Detective Morrow
Eddie Mills
as Jean Couvais
Arthur Hohl
as Real Estate Agent
John Harmon
as Joe Darwin
Vera Marshe
as Mrs. Darwin
William Frawley
as Jean La Salle
Fred Karno
as Mr. Karno
Barry Norton
as Wedding Guest
Edna Purviance
as Extra at Wedding Party
Pierre Watkin
as Prison Official
Franklin Farnum
as Victim of the Crash
Addison Richards
as Bank Manager
James Craven
as Annabella's Friend
Franklyn Farnum
as Victim of the Crash
Herb Vigran
as Reporter
Boyd Irwin
as Prison Official
Paul Newlan
as Wedding Guest
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Critic Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (1)

  • 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.

    Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece.

    Jun 9, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons.

    May 13, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    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.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • A film of serene elegance and sharp teeth.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

  • Mar 11, 2013
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2011
    Damn, only Chaplin could mix a dark movie about bluebeard killing women with some comedy. It's the best dark comedy I've ever seen.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2009
    "Monsieur Verdoux" is a very different Chaplin picture, compared to his earlier Tramp films. But the dark tone of the film does not completely remove his trademark charm, even though he is playing a serial killer. And though murder is the subject throughout the film, the humanity is still there, particularly the final moments of Verdoux's life. I also found the montage about the financial downfall to be brilliantly made. My only personal problem with here is the ending, because I just don't like films ending with an execution that much(except maybe Dead Man Walking). Aside from that, I found this to be a great dark comedy with an energetic and at the same time, melancholic performance by Mr. Chaplin.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2009
    For some reason I expected this to be funnier, it was very dry.
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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