Monsieur Verdoux

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Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder. Chaplin is a twentieth-century bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support... read more
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Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder. Chaplin is a twentieth-century bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support his wife and child, attempting to bump off a series of wealthy widows (including one played by the indefatigable Martha Raye, in a hilarious performance). This deeply philosophical and wildly entertaining film is a work of true sophistication, both for the moral questions it dares to ask and for the way it deconstructs its megastar’s lovable on-screen persona.

Original Release

09/26/1947

US Release

09/26/1947

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Cast

Charles Chaplin Henri Verdoux - Alias Varnay - Alias Bonheur - Alias Floray / Henri Verdoux
Mady Correll Mona Verdoux - Henri's Wife / Mona Verdoux
Allison Roddan Peter / Peter Verdoux
Robert Lewis Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend / Maurice Bottello
Audrey Betz Martha / Martha Bottello
Martha Raye Annabella Bonheur
Ada May Annette / Annette, Annabella's maid
Isobel Elsom Marie Grosnay
Marjorie Bennett Maid / Marie's Maid
Helene Heigh Yvonne - Marie's Friend / Yvonne La Salle, Marie's friend
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Charles Chaplin

Writers

Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles

Cast

Charles Chaplin Henri Verdoux - Alias Varnay - Alias Bonheur - Alias Floray / Henri Verdoux
Mady Correll Mona Verdoux - Henri's Wife / Mona Verdoux
Allison Roddan Peter / Peter Verdoux
Robert Lewis Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend / Maurice Bottello
Audrey Betz Martha / Martha Bottello
Martha Raye Annabella Bonheur
Ada May Annette / Annette, Annabella's maid
Isobel Elsom Marie Grosnay
Marjorie Bennett Maid / Marie's Maid
Helene Heigh Yvonne - Marie's Friend / Yvonne La Salle, Marie's friend
Margaret Hoffman Lydia Floray
Marilyn Nash The Girl
Irving Bacon Pierre Couvais
Edwin Mills Jean Couvais
Virginia Brissac Carlotta Couvais
Almira Sessions Lena Couvais
Eula Morgan Phoebe Couvais
Bernard Nedell Prefect of Police
Charles Evans Detective Morrow
William Frawley Jean La Salle

Producers

Editors

Willard Nico

1948OscarBest Writing, Original Screenplay Nominated
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