Bluebeard (1944)

USA, 1944
72m, 1962.91 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.

Plot Summary

In Paris, a deranged puppeteer and artist hires models and strangles them after he’s made marionettes of them.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Copyright MCMXLIV [1944] by PRC Pictures, Inc.
PRC Pictures presents
Produced by: Leon Fromkess
Associate Producer: Martin Mooney
Production Manager: C. A. Beute
Screenplay by: Pierre Gendron
Original Story by: Arnold Phillips and Werner H. Furst
Assistant Director: Raoul E. Pagel
Director of Photography: Jockey A. Feindel; Eugen Schüfftan *
Camera Operator: Jockey A. Feindel *
Supervising Film Editor: Carl Pierson
Musical Score Composed and Conducted by: Erdody [real name: Leo Erdody]
“Extracts from Faust” by Charles Gounod *
“La Marseillaise” by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle *
Sound Engineer: John Carter
Western Electric Sound System
Wardrobe: James H. Wade
Makeup: Milburn Moranti
Coiffures: Loretta Francel
Production Designer: Eugen Schufftan
Art Director: Paul Palmentola
Assistant Art Director: Angelo Scibetta
Set Decorator: Glenn P. Thompson
Master of Properties: Charles Stevens
Marionettes by: Barlow & Baker

John Carradine (Gaston Morrell)
Jean Parker (Lucille)
Nils Asther (Inspector Lefevre)
Ludwig Stossel (Jean Lamarte)
George Pembroke (Inspector Renard)
Teala Loring (Francine)
Sonia Sorel (Renee)
Henry Kolker (Deschamps)
Emmett Lynn (le soldat)
Iris Adrian (Mimi)
Patti McCarty (Babette)
Carrie Devan (Constance)
Anne Sterling (Jeanette)

Alternative Titles

Barba Azul – Portugal
Barbazul – Venezuela
Barbe bleue – France
Blaubart – Austria
La follia di Barbablù – Italy
Siniparta – Finland
I skuggan av Notre Dame – Sweden



  • John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver – review
  • Poverty Row Horrors! by Tom Weaver – review
  • Producers Releasing Corporation: A Comprehensive Filmography and History by Wheeler Dixon (ed.) p.103 – credits
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.xviii, xix, 9-10, 12, 28, 32, 35-36, 39, 41, 43n9, 63n3, 264
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.42 – credits