Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

Synopsis: US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon marries his eight wife, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Ernst Lubitsch
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min



There is something

we could show you?

Pajamas. Will you be so

good as to step this way?

May I call monsieur's

attention to the fact

we are featuring a special

sale at reduced prices

of raincoats, umbrellas, tennis

racquets and portable phonographs.

I want some pajamas.


May I interest monsieur

in a new men's perfume?

In these days of greater

equality between the sexes,

perfume should not be the

privilege of ladies only.

It is the contention of our

management that the man who smells

is a thing of the future.

You ought to go along way.


Service, Mr. Lelong.

Pajamas, size 42.

Thank you, monsieur.

Monsieur interested in neckwear?

A very becoming tie, monsieur.

We have the same

in maroon, dark green,

orange, blue, and a

very discreet pink.

Perhaps monsieur

would prefer a bow tie?

No, thanks.


Not even in Paris could monsieur

find a wider selection.

(CLEARING THROAT) I'll take this one.

How much?

200 francs.

Here's 100.

I just want the tops.


I don't want the

pants, just the tops.

Oh, I'm very sorry, monsieur, but we don't

sell the jackets without the pantalon.

But I don't sleep in pantalon,

and I don't buy

stuff I don't use.

What monsieur wants

is a nightshirt.

No, I don't want a nightshirt.

Take the 100 francs

and wrap it up.

Why, it's a case

without precedent.

We have no authority.

I've had this argument

all over the world.

If it's a question of price,

monsieur, there are cheaper pajamas.

It's not a question of price,

it's a matter of principle.

This pajama business is a racket,

and I don't fall for it.

90% of the male population

don't sleep in pajama pants,

don't want pajama pants,

yet buy pajama pants.

Be honest. How about you?

I'm an exceptional case, monsieur.

I sleep with just a muffler.

And I, for my part,

sleep with...

Never mind. Do I get

the coat or don't I?

This is a revolutionary

request, monsieur.

I must consult my superior.

Just one moment.



Residence of monsieur de la Coste.

Very well, monsieur.

They're calling from

your store, monsieur.

Monsieur the Vice President wishes

to speak to Monsieur the President

on a very important matter.

Yes, what is it? What?

Oh, no, no. Never, never.

Why, that is communism.

Can't you sell him anything else?

What about a straw hat?

Monsieur, the management feels

that to sell a pair of pajamas

without the trousers

would create a precedent,

and the consequences

might prove disastrous.

Now, our president

says we've had

enough trouble in

Europe as it is,

and he wonders if you

would be kind enough

to look at a selection

of straw hats?

You tell your president

that if I can't buy

pajamas without

the trousers, I'll...

I'll buy the trousers.

Yes, I may buy the trousers.

How do you do?

How do you do, madame?

How do you do, madame?

How do you do?

I'm looking for pajamas

for a gentleman,

and for his purpose

the trousers are enough.

A very

fortunate solution.

Yes, it certainly is.

Provided we can agree on the color

and the pattern, of course.

Well, how about this blue pair?

Oh, heavens, no. It's too dark.

I like to see something gay

in the morning, don't you?

Not too darned gay. There's not

a laugh in me before breakfast.

Oh, you should try to

brighten up your life.

Now, let's see.

How about this one?

Stripes? I hate stripes.


Oh, now, that's funny. When I was

standing at the other counter,

I was watching you. You were?

Oh, I hope you don't mind.

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Charles Brackett

Charles William Brackett (November 26, 1892 – March 9, 1969) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his long collaboration with Billy Wilder. more…

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