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Monsieur Verdoux (11-Apr-1947)

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Writers: Charlie Chaplin; Orson Welles

Music Composed by: Charlie Chaplin

Keywords: Dark Comedy, Roman Clef

Henri Verdoux supports his invalid wife and young son by murdering wealthy dowagers in businesslike fashion. Dark comedy based on the life of serial killer Henri Landru. Verdoux did rather poorly in the U.S. box office, the American public punishing Chaplin for his leftist politics and personal life. Received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

"I believe Monsieur Verdoux is the cleverest and most brilliant film I have yet made." Chaplin, My Autobiography (1964).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Irving Bacon
Actor
6-Sep-1893 5-Feb-1965 Mr. Beazley
Charlie Chaplin
Actor
16-Apr-1889 25-Dec-1977 Silent film comedian
Isobel Elsom
Actor
16-Mar-1893 12-Jan-1981 Ladies in Retirement
William Frawley
Actor
26-Feb-1887 3-Mar-1966 Fred on I Love Lucy
Arthur Hohl
Actor
21-May-1889 10-Mar-1964 Character actor
Fritz Leiber
Actor
31-Jan-1882 14-Oct-1949 Shakespearean actor
Martha Raye
Actor
27-Aug-1916 19-Oct-1994 Monsieur Verdoux

CAST

Charlie Chaplin   ...   Henri Verdoux, etc.
Featuring
Martha Raye   ...   Annabella Bonheur
Mady Correll   ...   Mona, Verdoux's Wife
Allison Roddan   ...   Peter, Their Son
Robert Lewis   ...   Maurice Bottello, Verdoux's Friend
Audrey Betz   ...   Martha, His Wife
The Ladies
Ada-May   ...   Annette, Annabella's Maid
Isobel Elsom   ...   Marie Grosnay
Marjorie Bennett   ...   Her Maid
Helene Heigh   ...   Yvonne, Marie's Friend
Margaret Hoffman   ...   Lydia Floray
Marilyn Nash   ...   The Girl
The Couvais Family
Irving Bacon   ...   Pierre
Edwin Mills   ...   Jean
Virginia Brissac   ...   Carlotta
Almira Sessions   ...   Lena
Eula Morgan   ...   Phoebe
The Law
Bernard J. Nedell   ...   Prefect of Police
Charles Evans   ...   Det. Morrow
Others in the Cast
William Frawley   ...   Jean La Salle
Arthur Hohl   ...   Real Estate Agent
Barbara Slater   ...   Flower Girl
Fritz Leiber   ...   Fr. Fareaux
Vera Marshe   ...   Vicki Darwin
John Harmon   ...   Joe Darwin
Christine Ell   ...   Maid
Lois Conklin   ...   Florist

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