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Monsieur Verdoux (1947)



Critic Consensus: Charles Chaplin adds an undercurrent of malice to his comedic persona in Monsieur Verdoux, an unsettling satire that subverts the tramp's image to perversely amusing effect.

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In this controversial "comedy of murders," Charlie Chaplin stars as Verdoux, a mild-mannered family man of pre-war France. Verdoux has made a career out of marrying foolish, wealthy women and murdering them for the insurance money. He does this thirteen times with success, but wife #14 proves impossible to kill.

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Charles Chaplin
as Henri Verdoux
Martha Raye
as Annabella Bonheur
Isobel Elsom
as Marie Grosnay
Mady Correll
as Mona Verdoux
Allison Roddan
as Peter Verdoux, Their Son
Robert Lewis
as Maurice Bottello
Audrey Betz
as Martha Bottello
Ada May
as Annette
Marjorie Bennett
as Marie's Maid
Margaret Hoffman
as Lydia Floray
Irving Bacon
as Pierre Couvais
Edwin Mills
as Jean Couvais
Almira Sessions
as Lena Couvais
Virginia Brissac
as Carlotta Couvais
Bernard Nedell
as Prefect of Police
Charles Evans
as Detective Morrow
Eddie Mills
as Jean Couvais
Arthur Hohl
as Real Estate Agent
John Harmon
as Joe Darwin
Vera Marshe
as Mrs. Darwin
William Frawley
as Jean La Salle
Fred Karno
as Mr. Karno
Barry Norton
as Wedding Guest
Edna Purviance
as Extra at Wedding Party
Pierre Watkin
as Prison Official
Franklin Farnum
as Victim of the Crash
Addison Richards
as Bank Manager
James Craven
as Annabella's Friend
Franklyn Farnum
as Victim of the Crash
Herb Vigran
as Reporter
Boyd Irwin
as Prison Official
Paul Newlan
as Wedding Guest
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Critic Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10)

Perfection? Arguably not; Verdoux has clunky moments and some flat casting, but with an able assist from the great comedian Martha Raye, Chaplin's latter-day greatness is readily apparent.

July 11, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece.

June 9, 2008 | Full Review…

Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons.

May 13, 2008 | Full Review…

Shapes up as Chaplin's most startling, most invigorating movie: its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film is not only an account of the moral slippage of one man but the record of a far larger, seemingly uncontrollable escalation.

March 20, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Chaplin's most fully-conceived talkie.

August 31, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

Except for one touching moment and a hilarious poisoning scene, this uneven "comedy of murders" is of extreme bad taste and has a serious problem in structure and tone - placing a putrid character in such a sloppy attempt at a commentary.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


The only time I can sympathize with a criminal who...kills for a reason!Chaplin is a true innovator of ludicrous sarcasm and...bitter,social commentary.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

The greatest comedian of all time finally leaves behind 'The Tramp' the character that made him famous, and here plays a serial killer, a very affable and charming one, though. A gem of black comedy, in which Chaplin showed a little wickedness, without abandoning his social commentary nor his sentimentality. He easily proves why murder can be also a laughing matter.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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