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Monsieur Verdoux (1947)



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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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Special Interest
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Criterion Collection

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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
Helene Heigh
as Yvonne
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
Eula Morgan
as Phoebe
John Harmon
as Joe Darwin
Vera Marshe
as Mrs. Darwin
William Frawley
as Jean La Salle
Fritz Leiber
as Priest
Barbara Slater
as Florist
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
Joseph Crehan
as Broker
Wheaton Chambers
as Druggist
Frank Reicher
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (8)

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

A film of serene elegance and sharp teeth.

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

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


The only time I can sympathize with a criminal who...kills for a reason!Chaplin is a true innovator of ludicrous sarcasm and...bitter,social commentary.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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