Review: ‘Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife’

Par's talker remake of the Alfred Savoir farce [in the American version by Charlton Andrews], a thin piece basically, isn't given much more heft under the Lubitsch touch or with the celluloid trimmings. It's a light and sometimes bright entertainment, but gets a bit tiresome, despite its comparatively moderate running time.

Par’s talker remake of the Alfred Savoir farce [in the American version by Charlton Andrews], a thin piece basically, isn’t given much more heft under the Lubitsch touch or with the celluloid trimmings. It’s a light and sometimes bright entertainment, but gets a bit tiresome, despite its comparatively moderate running time.

Once the premise is established that Claudette Colbert wants to deflate the multi-millionaire Gary Cooper, who buys his wives – seven of ’em prior to her – as he buys a fancy motor car, making pre-marriage settlements with them, etc, it then becomes an always obvious farce.

Atmosphere is rich and French. It starts on the Riviera and wanders over the European map, focusing finally in Paris. The Brackett-Wilder scripting is ofttimes bright but illogical and fragile.

Edward Everett Horton is more or less of a bit as her father and the rest are casual. David Niven has a mild opportunity and Herman Bing, with his characteristic style, is another who makes his rather light chore stand up.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

Production

Paramount. Director Ernst Lubitsch; Producer Ernst Lubitsch; Screenplay Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder; Camera Leo Tover; Editor William Shea; Music Frederick Hollander, Werner R. Heymann; Art Director Hans Dreier, Robert Usher

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Claudette Colbert Gary Cooper Edward Everett Horton David Niven Elizabeth Patterson Herman Bing
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