Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

80 or 83-84 mins | Comedy | 18 March 1938

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HISTORY

A news item in AC notes that Charles Schoenbaum took over photography when Leo Tover was stricken with influenza. Copyright records indicate that Marlene Dietrich acted as a guide for Eric Locke and crew in Vienna, where they shot 30,000 feet of film, some of which are used in the film. In addition, noted French director Sacha Guitry appears in one scene. Composer Werner R. Heymann's name is spelled "Werner Heyman" in the onscreen credits. A previous film based on the same source was released by Paramount in 1923 as Bluebeard's 8th Wife starring Gloria Swanson (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0497). According to a modern source, Ernst Lubitsch promised the part of "Nicole" to Claudette Colbert as early as 1932, during production of DeMille's The Sign of the Cross (see entry). ...

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A news item in AC notes that Charles Schoenbaum took over photography when Leo Tover was stricken with influenza. Copyright records indicate that Marlene Dietrich acted as a guide for Eric Locke and crew in Vienna, where they shot 30,000 feet of film, some of which are used in the film. In addition, noted French director Sacha Guitry appears in one scene. Composer Werner R. Heymann's name is spelled "Werner Heyman" in the onscreen credits. A previous film based on the same source was released by Paramount in 1923 as Bluebeard's 8th Wife starring Gloria Swanson (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0497). According to a modern source, Ernst Lubitsch promised the part of "Nicole" to Claudette Colbert as early as 1932, during production of DeMille's The Sign of the Cross (see entry).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
Personal note credit:
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Dec 1937
p. 497
Box Office
12 Mar 1938
Cover
Box Office
26-Mar-38
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Daily Variety
17 Mar 1938
p. 3
Film Daily
16 Mar 1938
pp. 7-8
Film Daily
18 Mar 1938
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1938
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
14 Mar 1938
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jan 1938
p. 44
Motion Picture Herald
26 Mar 1938
p. 39, 42
New York Times
24 Mar 1938
p. 21
Variety
23 Mar 1938
p. 16
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Ray De Ravenne
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Ernst Lubitsch Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Joseph Lefert
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
John M. Leipold
Orch
Werner Heymann
Orig mus
SOUND
Sd rec
Sd rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play La huitième femme de Barbe-bleue by Alfred Savoir in La petite illustration (1921) and the English-language adaptation, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife , by Charlton Andrews (New York, 19 Sep 1921).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 March 1938
Production Date:
23 Oct 1937--early Jan 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
18 March 1938
LP7916
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80 or 83-84
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
3985
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Nicole De Loiselle meets American millionaire Michael Brandon while shopping in a store on the French Riviera. She buys the bottoms and he buys the tops of the same suit of pajamas, while she gives him tips on how to cure insomnia by spelling Czechoslovakia backwards. Michael continues to have insomnia, however, and demands to change his suite at the hotel. The managers show him a room but the Marquis De Loiselle is residing there. The marquis tries to convince Michael to go in on a deal with him, but Michael refuses until he recognizes the pajama bottoms and the marquis identifies himself as Nicole's father. Michael agrees to buy a Louis XIV bathtub from the penniless marquis as a gesture of good will and informs the marquis he wishes to marry his daughter. Michael later proposes to Nicole while she is at the beach with her friend Albert De Regnier, but she refuses because he seems arrogant. Michael then sends an apology and an invitation to dinner and they fall in love that evening. At her engagement party, however, Nicole discovers that Michael had been married seven times previously, and each time had arranged a $50,000 per year divorce settlement in a pre-nuptial agreement. Nicole furiously calls off the wedding, but then agrees to marry for a $100,000 settlement. They never consummate the marriage and live in separate rooms, despite attempts by Michael to bridge the gap. Nicole finally wears down Michael's resistance by pretending to have an affair with Albert, and Michael agrees to a divorce. He commits himself to a sanitarium because Nicole completely broke his spirit, but ...

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Nicole De Loiselle meets American millionaire Michael Brandon while shopping in a store on the French Riviera. She buys the bottoms and he buys the tops of the same suit of pajamas, while she gives him tips on how to cure insomnia by spelling Czechoslovakia backwards. Michael continues to have insomnia, however, and demands to change his suite at the hotel. The managers show him a room but the Marquis De Loiselle is residing there. The marquis tries to convince Michael to go in on a deal with him, but Michael refuses until he recognizes the pajama bottoms and the marquis identifies himself as Nicole's father. Michael agrees to buy a Louis XIV bathtub from the penniless marquis as a gesture of good will and informs the marquis he wishes to marry his daughter. Michael later proposes to Nicole while she is at the beach with her friend Albert De Regnier, but she refuses because he seems arrogant. Michael then sends an apology and an invitation to dinner and they fall in love that evening. At her engagement party, however, Nicole discovers that Michael had been married seven times previously, and each time had arranged a $50,000 per year divorce settlement in a pre-nuptial agreement. Nicole furiously calls off the wedding, but then agrees to marry for a $100,000 settlement. They never consummate the marriage and live in separate rooms, despite attempts by Michael to bridge the gap. Nicole finally wears down Michael's resistance by pretending to have an affair with Albert, and Michael agrees to a divorce. He commits himself to a sanitarium because Nicole completely broke his spirit, but with their newfound wealth, the marquis buys the sanitarium and Nicole pledges her love to Michael.

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