Movie 'Monsieur Verdoux'

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A Comedy of Murders.

The film is about an unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, and his sociopathic methods of attaining income. While being both loyal and competent in his work, Verdoux has been laid-off. To make money for his wife and child, he marries wealthy widows and then murders them. His crime spree eventually works against him when two particular widows break his normal routine.

Germany German (Deutsch)

Monsieur Verdoux - Der Frauenmörder von Paris

Nachdem er beim großen Bankkrach 1929 seine Stellung verloren hat, wird der kleine Angestellte Monsieur Verdoux zum mörderischen Heiratsschwindler, der reichen alten Frauen ihr Vermögen abschmeichelt und sie dann umbringt. So ernährt er seine gelähmte Frau und seinen Sohn. Aber nach einem runden Dutzend gelungener Unternehmen gibt es Schwierigkeiten. Die ordinäre Annabella, der er sich als forscher Kapitän vorgestellt hat, widersteht mehreren Mordversuchen - sei es, weil ein Giftfläschchen vertauscht wird, sei es, weil bei einer Bootsfahrt plötzlich Zeugen auftauchen. Und als Annabella auch noch bei seiner nächsten Hochzeit mit Madame Grosnay unter den Gästen auftaucht, bleibt ihm nur schnelle Flucht.

Austria German (Deutsch)

  • a.k.a. Der Frauenmörder von Paris

France French (Français)

  • a.k.a. Monsieur Verdoux

Marié et père d’un jeune garçon, Henri Verdoux, qui est employé de banque, se trouve soudain sans travail. Son expérience lui permet de se lancer dans des opérations boursières dont le financement lui est assuré par des femmes mûres qu’il épouse avant de les faire disparaître…

Italy Italian (Italiano)

Nella Francia a cavallo tra le due guerre mondiali, la crisi economica provoca disoccupazione e difficoltà alle classi sociali più deboli. Henri Verdoux, impiegato bancario, viene licenziato dopo trent'anni di collaborazione e come conseguenza, per mantenere la famiglia, moglie inferma ed un bimbo piccolo e per assicurare loro una vita dignitosa ed una casa di proprietà, finisce nel tunnel schizoide del delitto per assicurarsi patrimoni con cui finanziare attività speculative.

Release Date
Runtime
Keywords
1930s
black and white
cold blooded killer
dark comedy
film noir
great depression
inspired by true story
marriage
polygamy
stock market crash
villain
Genres
Comedy
Crime
Languages
English
Production Countries
flag of United States of America United States of America
Production Companies
United States of America United Artists
Charles Chaplin Productions
Release Dates
United States of America Premiere NR New York City, New York
United States of America Theatrical
France Theatrical U
Germany German (Deutsch): Theatrical 12
Ratings
TMDb 79% · 308 (more information on website)
IMDb 78% · 17,568 (more information on website)
Rotten Tomatoes® 97% (more information on website)

Cast

CharacterPerson
Henri VerdouxCharlie Chaplin
Mona VerdouxMady Correll
Peter VerdouxAllison Roddan
Maurice BottelloRobert Lewis
Martha BottelloAudrey Betz
Annabella BonheurMartha Raye
Annette, Annabella's maidAda May
Marie GrosnayIsobel Elsom
Marie's MaidMarjorie Bennett
Yvonne La Salle, Marie's friendHelene Heigh
Lydia FlorayMargaret Hoffman
The GirlMarilyn Nash
Pierre CouvaisIrving Bacon
Jean CouvaisEdwin Mills
Carlotta CouvaisVirginia Brissac
Lena CouvaisAlmira Sessions
Phoebe CouvaisEula Morgan
Prefect of PoliceBernard Nedell
Detective MorrowCharles Evans
Jean La SalleWilliam Frawley
Real Estate AgentArthur Hohl
Flower GirlBarbara Slater
Father FareauxFritz Leiber
Mrs. Vicki DarwinVera Marshe
Joe DarwinJohn Harmon
Defense Attorney (uncredited)Richard Abbott
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)Warren Ashe
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)Gertrude Astor
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)Wilbur Mack
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)Barry Norton
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)Edna Purviance
Garden Party Guest Getting Sprayed (uncredited)Herbert Evans
Sidewalk Cafe Customer (uncredited)Ralph Brooks
Pharmacist (uncredited)Wheaton Chambers
Bismo - Annabella's Friend (uncredited)James Craven
Broker (uncredited)Joseph Crehan
Stock Broker (uncredited)Bert Stevens
Waiter (uncredited)Albert D'Arno
Waiter (uncredited)George Dee
Waiter (uncredited)Carlo Schipa
French Waiter (uncredited)Ralph Montgomery
Postman (uncredited)Cyril Delevanti
Salesman (uncredited)Wheeler Dryden
Old Woman (uncredited)Elspeth Dudgeon
Woman in the Street (uncredited)Ella Ethridge
Victim of the Stock Market Crash (uncredited)Franklyn Farnum
Bailiff (uncredited)Joseph Granby
Prison Official (uncredited)Boyd Irwin
Prison Official (uncredited)Pierre Watkin
Police Detective (uncredited)Colin Kenny
Cafe Royal Doorman (uncredited)Bert LeBaron
Gossipy Woman Hanging Clothes (uncredited)Ruth Lee
Reveler at Can Can Club (uncredited)Carl M. Leviness
Jeannette - the Verdoux Maid (uncredited)Therese Lyon
Prosecutor (uncredited)Lester Matthews
Onlooker in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)Harold Miller
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)Paul Newlan
Bystander (uncredited)Albert Petit
Doctor (uncredited)Frank Reicher
Bank Manager (uncredited)Addison Richards
Bank Manager's Friend (uncredited)Charles Wagenheim
Night Club Patron (uncredited)Suzanne Ridgeway
Wedding Guest (uncredited)Jeffrey Sayre
Max - a Reporter (uncredited)William Self
Mortgage Banker (uncredited)C. Montague Shaw
Maid (uncredited)Nanette Vallon
Reporter (uncredited)Herb Vigran

Crew

DepartmentJobPerson
ArtArt DirectionJohn Beckman
CameraDirector of PhotographyCurt Courant
Roland Totheroh
Costume & Make-UpMakeup ArtistWilliam Knight
CrewStand InJohnny Kascier
Unit PublicistHarry Crocker
Russell Birdwell
DirectingAssistant DirectorRex Bailey
Robert Florey
Wheeler Dryden
DirectorCharlie Chaplin
EditingEditorWillard Nico
ProductionProducerCharlie Chaplin
SoundMusicGeorg Kreisler
Music DirectorRudy Schrager
Original Music ComposerCharlie Chaplin