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Monsieur Verdoux

124 min | West Germany:110 min
Comedy | Crime | Drama
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Charles Chaplin
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins
Country: USA
Release Date: 1947-12-08
Filming Locations: Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
Budget: $2,000,000
Gross: $64,636 (USA) (30 June 2013)
Charles Chaplin
Henri Verdoux - Alias Varnay - Alias Bonheur - Alias Floray
Mady Correll
Mona - His Wife
Allison Roddan
Peter - Their Son
Robert Lewis
Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend
Audrey Betz
Martha - His Wife
Martha Raye
Annabella Bonheur
Ada May
Annette - Her Maid (as Ada-May)
Isobel Elsom
Marie Grosnay
Marjorie Bennett
Her Maid
Helene Heigh
Yvonne - 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 (as Bernard J. Nedell)
Charles Evans
Detective Morrow
William Frawley
Jean La Salle
Arthur Hohl
Real Estate Agent
Barbara Slater
Flower Girl
Fritz Leiber
Father Fareaux
Vera Marshe
Mrs. Vicki Darwin
John Harmon
Joe Darwin
Christine Ell
Louise - Maid
Lois Conklin
Richard Abbott
Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Warren Ashe
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks
Sidewalk Cafe Customer (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers
Pharmacist (uncredited)
Julius Cramer
Executioner (uncredited)
James Craven
Bismo - Annabella's Friend (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan
Broker (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno
Waiter (uncredited)
Daniel De Jonghe
Waiter (uncredited)
George Dee
Waiter (uncredited)
Josette Deegan
Waitress (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti
Postman (uncredited)
Wheeler Dryden
Salesman (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon
Old Woman (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge
Woman in the Street (uncredited)
Herbert Evans
Garden Party Guest Getting Sprayed (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum
Victim of the Stock Market Crash (uncredited)
Joseph Granby
Bailiff (uncredited)
Adolf Hitler
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin
Prison Official (uncredited)
Fred Karno Jr.
Mr. Karno (uncredited)
Colin Kenny
Police Detective (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron
Cafe Royal Doorman (uncredited)
Ruth Lee
Gossipy Woman Hanging Clothes (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness
Reveler at Can Can Club (uncredited)
Therese Lyon
Jeannette - the Verdoux Maid (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Lester Matthews
Prosecutor (uncredited)
Harold Miller
Onlooker in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery
French Waiter (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Newlan
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Barry Norton
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Albert Petit
Bystander (uncredited)
Edna Purviance
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Reicher
Doctor (uncredited)
Addison Richards
Bank Manager (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway
Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Carlo Schipa
Waiter (uncredited)
William Self
Max - a Reporter (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw
Mortgage Banker (uncredited)
Millard Sherwood
Mr. Carno (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
Stock Broker (uncredited)
Nanette Vallon
Maid (uncredited)
Herb Vigran
Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim
Bank Manager's Friend (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin
Prison Official (uncredited)
Did you know?
The tune that Verdoux plays on the piano as Lydia sits by after she withdrew the 70,000 francs is the opening and closing theme to 'Charles Chaplin' *qv('s A Woman of Paris (1923), which he used in 1976 when he re-scored the picture.
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The film was originally meant to be directed by Orson Welles and starring Charles Chaplin, but Chaplin backed out at the last moment, saying that he had never had anyone direct him before and didn't want to start. Instead, he bought the screenplay off Welles and re-wrote parts of it, crediting Welles with only the "idea". Welles said that, despite most of the script being his, he didn't mind as it was one of his lesser works.
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Charles Chaplin hired famed press agent Russell Birdwell to publicize this film. Just prior to the premiere, Birdwell wrote columnist Hedda Hopper a note saying: "I contend that Charlie Chaplin's 'Monsieur Verdoux' is the greatest and most controversial picture that has ever come from the Hollywood mills. If I lose I will publicly eat the negative of the film in front of the Chaplin studios. Sincerely, Bird." After she'd seen the film, Hopper wired back: "DEAR BIRD: START EATING. HOPPER."
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Although the story takes place in the years 1932-1937, all the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly in the 1946-1947 mode, when the film was made.
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Henri Verdoux: I have made my peace with God, my conflict is with man.
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Henri Verdoux: Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
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Henri Verdoux: I shall see you ALL soon - very soon.
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Photos from cast
Gertrude Astor