Bluebeard (1944) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bluebeard (1944)




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In this haunting feature from director Edgar G. Ulmer, a 19th-century Parisian marionette master cannot seem to control his urges to strangle women after he paints their portraits.

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John Carradine
as Gaston Morel
Jean Parker
as Lucille Lutien
Nils Asther
as Inspector Jacques Lefevre
Ludwig Stossel
as Jean Lamarte
George Pembroke
as Insp. Renard
Teala Loring
as Francine Lutien
Sonia Sorel
as Renee Claremont
Iris Adrian
as Mimi Robert
Henry Kolker
as Deschamps
Emmett Lynn
as Le Soldat
Carrie Devan
as Constance
Anne Sterling
as Jeanette
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Critic Reviews for Bluebeard

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Edgar G. Ulmer somehow managed to transform the absurd limitations of the scripts, budgets, and actors he was given to work with into a mad aesthetic principle.

October 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Ulmer (Murnau's one time art director and assistant) is the most subterranean of all directors, and here turns out a triumph of mind, eye and talent.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

This is a small miracle of polished film-making.

October 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bluebeard is one of director Edgar G. Ulmer's best works and contains one of John Carradine's greatest performances.

October 17, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A breathtakingly self-reflexive portrait

April 29, 2011 | Full Review…

Ulmer's third masterpiece, after The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945); it's one of his few films that overcame its wretched budget.

October 21, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bluebeard


Edgar G. Ulmer may be considered a bit of a genius when it came to making bottom-of-the-bucket budget films for the studio PRC, but he simply can't raise the quality of every picture above its limitations. There are occasional signs of creativity in the camera angles, but the film, including a couple action shots, is nearly always badly lit. The script and Carradine's performance as a painter/puppeteer/serial killer do not evoke strong feelings for the characters in one direction or the other.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

A painter/puppeteer kills his models in 19th century Paris. A dusty and lifeless serial killer relic; when John Carradine is acting (rather than over-acting) he's actually a pretty dull fellow. Hard to believe this was made by the same director who made the B-masterpieces THE BLACK CAT and DETOUR; even harder to believe that 100% positive Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

An okay adaptation of the story of Bluebeard, not great, but not bad either.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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