Monsieur Verdoux

Synopsis: Monsieur Verdoux is a bluebeard, he marries women and kills them after the marriage to get the money he needs for his family. But with two ladies he has bad luck.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Charles Chaplin
Production: Criterion Collection
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

Good evening.

As you see, my name is Henri Verdoux.

For 30 years, I was a bank clerk,

until the Depression of 1930,

when I found myself unemployed.

Then I became occupied in liquidating

members of the opposite sex.

It was a strictly business enterprise

to support a home and family.

Let me assure you, the career of

a Bluebeard is by no means profitable.

Only a person with undaunted optimism

would embark on such a venture.

Unfortunately, I did.

What follows is history.


- What?

- Postman. Might be from your sister.

Yes, it might.

Can't you put that book down and see?

I can't.

Don't talk that way to your sister.

Close your mouth. It causes a draft.

- Do as you're told!

- He won't do a thing, Phoebe.

- He should have to!

- Who'll make me?

If your father was alive,

he'd make you.

Keep your big feet to yourself,

not all over the floor.

What about your two submarines?

Get up. Do as you're told!

Get your husband up. I'm reading.

Don't bother. I'll do it, Carlotta.

There. Now, look what you've done!

If you'd gone,

it wouldn't have happened.

Alright, I'll answer it.

- Hold this.

- Phoebe, be more careful.

It was an accident.

- Look where you're going.

- You should both look!

- I did. Lena got in the way.

- Alright, don't shriek.

Hey, what the -

- You old fool!

- Don't insult me. I'm not your wife.

No, one's enough in this family.

If you don't like this family,

you can go.

Don't worry, some day I'll do it.

- What is it, anyway?

- From the Paris National Bank.

- I knew it.

- Now what?

- The bank returned our letter.

- Letter?

To Thelma. She's closed her account

and left no address.

- We should tell the police.

- Why?

It's not like Thelma

to cut herself off from her family.

Thelma can take care of herself.

A woman of 50 flitting off to Paris,

marrying a man she's known two weeks?

- Don't run to the police.

- We've had no word in three months.

So what? She's on her honeymoon.

Hah! Honeymoon.

Who'd honeymoon

three months with Thelma?

I don't like her withdrawing

all her money. That's not Thelma.

- He's got it all by now.

- He'd have a job to get it from her.

Look what he's done already.

She's left home, sold her business

and married him, all in two weeks.

He must have a way with women.

I'd like to know his technique.

You're condemning a man

you haven't even met.

If he were honest,

he wouldn't avoid us.

Something terrible's

happened to Thelma!

You make me tired, all of you.

No letter,

so she's been robbed or murdered.

- Nobody said she was murdered.

- We hope.

We ought to go to the police now!

You'd better wait.

You're all hysterical.

I think Pierre's right.

Let's wait a day or two.

If we don't hear from her,

we'll go to the police.

Hey, we have a picture

of that husband of hers. Where is it?

I've got it... right here.


Must be a good salesman

to sell anything with that face.

How long's he going

to keep that incinerator burning?

It's been going for three days.

I haven't been able

to put my washing out.


You'll be stepped on. Be careful.


- Good morning, Monsieur.

- Good morning.

I have a registered letter

for Madame Thelma Varnay.

Thank you.

Oh, no.

Madame will have to sign for it.

Oh, I see. Just a moment.

Thelma, darling. A registered letter,

my dear. You must sign for it.

Don't bother to get out of the bath.

Just dry your hands.

There. Here's a pencil.

There, that's it.

Be careful now you don't catch cold.


- Thank you, Monsieur. Good morning.

- Good morning.

"Madame, enclosed is 60,000 francs

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