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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Details


The great Ernst Lubitsch directed this farce (written by Charles M. Brackett and Billy Wilder) about a free-wheeling millionaire, Michael Brandon (Gary Cooper), who enjoys getting married but has a hard time staying married: he's had seven wives and is looking for number eight. He thinks he may have found her in the person of Nicole de Loiselle (Claudette Colbert), whom he meets in a shop on the French Riviera. Unfortunately for Michael, Nicole doesn't like him very much and keeps rebuffing his advances, even though most women would be only too happy to marry him for his money. For just that reason, Nicole's father (Edward Everett Horton), a financially embarrassed French nobleman, strongly suggests that matrimony with Michael would be a good idea, especially since Michael doesn't want to take no for an answer. Nicole eventually relents and weds Michael, but when she tries to get him to change a few of his habits during the honeymoon, he makes plans to divorce her. But Nicole has finally decided that she loves Michael after all, and, as he tries to flee from her, she gives chase, determined to win his heart once and for all. The same story was previously filmed as a silent picture in 1923. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 23, 1938


Claudette Colbert
as Nicole de Loiselle
Gary Cooper
as Michael Brandon
Edward Everett Horton
as Marquis de Loiselle
David Niven
as Albert De Regnier
Elizabeth Patterson
as Aunt Hedwige
Herman Bing
as Monsieur Pepinard
Franklin Pangborn
as Asst. Hotel Manager
Rolfe Sedan
as Floorwalker
Lawrence Grant
as Prof. Urganzeff
Lionel Pape
as Monsieur Potin
Tyler Brooke
as Clerk
Tom Ricketts
as Uncle Andre
Barlowe Borland
as Uncle Fernandel
Charles Halton
as Monsieur de la Coste,
Grace Goodall
as Nurse
Ellen Drew
as Secretary
Olaf Hytten
as Valet
Leon Ames
as Ex-Chauffeur
John Picorri
as Conductor
Hooper Atchley
as Excited passenger
Paul Bryar
as Radio announcer
Dorothy White
as Bit part
Gino Corrado
as Waiter Who Carries
Alphonse Martell
as Hotel Employee
Warren Hymer
as Kid Mulligan
Joseph Crehan
as American tourist
Gloria Williams
as Bit part
Harold Minjir
as Photographer
Sacha Guitry
as Extra
Albert D'Arno
as Newsboy


Ernst Lubitsch
Ernst Lubitsch
Charles Brackett
Alfred Savoir
Play Author
Billy Wilder
Leo Tover
Frederick Hollander
Composer (Music Score)
Werner Richard Heymann
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Usher
Production Designer
Hans Dreier
Production Designer
Travis Banton
Costume Designer