Friday, January 2, 2009

Cinema Friday - Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

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Bluebeards Eigth Wife (1938) - Trailer


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Bluebeards Eight Wife (1938) - The Spanking
























































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Plot:

Bluebeards Eigth Wife (1938) is an elegant farce from a Billy Wilder/Charles Brackett script.

US multi-millionaire Michael Brandon marries his eight wives, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him.

Michael Brandon (Gary Cooper), who enjoys getting married but has a hard time staying married: he's had seven wives and is looking for number eight. He thinks he may have found her in the person of Nicole de Loiselle (Claudette Colbert), whom he meets in a shop on the French Riviera. Unfortunately for Michael, Nicole doesn't like him very much and keeps rebuffing his advances, even though most women would be only too happy to marry him for his money. For just that reason, Nicole's father (Edward Everett Horton), a financially embarrassed French nobleman, strongly suggests that matrimony with Michael would be a good idea, especially since Michael doesn't want to take no for an answer.

Nicole eventually relents and weds Michael, but when she tries to get him to change a few of his habits during the honeymoon; he makes plans to divorce her. But Nicole has finally decided that she loves Michael after all, and, as he tries to flee from her, she gives chase, determined to win his heart once and for all.

So begins a battle of the sexes as the wily new bride sets out to tame her Bluebeard and he tries his best to play the game his way.


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Bluebeards Eighth Wife was released in 18 Mar 1938, was produced from 23 Oct 1937 - early Jan 1938 and runs for 80, or 83-84 minutes depending on where you see it and how much they cut out, probably the spanking scene will be cut in some areas.

Gary Cooper turns Claudette Colbert over his knee and hand spanks her half a dozen times. This spanking is off screen, except for Gary Cooper’s upper body and you see his hand rising and falling, supposedly on Miss Colbert's backside. She's fully dressed and he doesn't raise and lower any garments. He is emboldened by the Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew when he
takes Colbert over his knee, onion-heavy breath is her riposte ("Fulfill your contract," he demands).

This film was the first collaboration of director Ernst Lubitsch with writers Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder. At their first production meeting, Ernst Lubitsch posed this question: How do the boy and girl get together? Billy Wilder promptly suggested that the opening scene should be in the men's shop of a department store. "The boy is trying to buy a pajama," he extemporized glibly, "but he sleeps only in the tops. He is thrifty so he insists on buying ONLY the tops. The clerk says he must buy the pants too. It looks like a catastrophe. Then the girl comes into the shop and buys the pants because she sleeps only in the pants." Ernst Lubitsch and Charles Brackett were enchanted with this idea. Months later, they discovered that Billy Wilder himself was a pajama tops-only sleeper and had been contemplating this idea for months, waiting for a chance to use it in a comedy.

François Truffaut has said that Miriam Hopkins was slated to star as Nicole de Loiselle.

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was not televised until many years later.

This film was the first collaboration of director Ernst Lubitsch with writers Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder. At their first production meeting, Ernst Lubitsch posed this question: How do the boy and girl get together? Billy Wilder promptly suggested that the opening scene should be in the men's shop of a department store. "The boy is trying to buy a pajama," he extemporized glibly, "but he sleeps only in the tops. He is thrifty so he insists on buying ONLY the tops. The clerk says he must buy the pants too. It looks like a catastrophe. Then the girl comes into the shop and buys the pants because she sleeps only in the pants." Ernst Lubitsch and Charles Brackett were enchanted with this idea. Months later, they discovered that Billy Wilder himself was a pajama tops-only sleeper and had been contemplating this idea for months, waiting for a chance to use it in a comedy.

This film was based on a French play by Alfred Savoir that was translated into English by Charlton Andrews and produced on Broadway. The New York production opened on Sept. 19, 1921 at the Ritz Theatre and ran for 155 performances. It has previously been produced as a silent film starring Gloria Swanson, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1923).
Errors In Movie

Wilders and Brackett's screenplay has some laughs, and Lubitsch knows how to get the most out of the least. Fluffy, but fun and worth watching for the great Horton as Colbert's financially embarrassed father. Edward Everett Horton is always fun to watch in no matter what movie or television show he's in.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) was
Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (Retrospective) May 9-20, 2001.

Factual errors:

  • When Nicole shuts the door to her part of the apartment to keep Michael out, you can hear her locking it. But throughout the film there is no keyhole or lock visible on either side of her door.


Also Know As (AKA)

  • Blaubarts Achte Frau
  • Huitieme Femme De Barbe Bleue, La



My Scenario:

Michael Brandon is sitting in his bedroom reading the Shakespeare play The taming of the Shrew. He puts the book down and leaves the bedroom and walks slowly down to the living room, where his wife, Nicole Brandon's (Nee de Loiselle) is. He stops right in front of her and hesitates for the barest of moments. Then he slaps her across the face with his hand. Saying nothing.

She gasps and puts her hand to her cheek. "Oh." Then she slaps him back across the face, just as he slapped her.

Michael then hesitates for a moment while he digests what just happened. He turns and without saying a word marches right back to the bedroom, picks up the Shakespeare play book again and leafs through it and reads a little more. Then he stops reading and thinks about what he's about to do. "Ah Cole that's what you meant."

He reflects on what his good friend Cole Porter told him a few weeks previous. Something about this play he was writing on the theme of Taming Of The Shrew. Something called Kiss Me Kate. He mumbles to himself. "Ah yes, the spanking is the main theme. The spanking."

He shakes his head up and down in agreement, that is the thing; to spanking is the choice. He drops the book down on the table hard and walks at a fast pace back to his wife. A wife that's about to find out what disobedient wives have known for a thousand years. Husbands don't play around when they need a firm hand.

Michael enters the living room and shuts the door this time. He smiles at her. She backs up a step.

As he starts towards her she puts her hand up to her face. She doesn't realize that she about to be spanked, but knows something’s afoot. She can see it in her mans eyes.

Michael walks toward Nicole, slowly, she takes a step back again and drops her hand to her side. He puts his hand under her chin, then sits down on a chair. Looking up to her he reaches out and grabs her around the waist and turns her over his knee. "Shakespeare."

She looks back at him. "Shakespeare."

She knows what going over someone’s knee means but has no idea what the reference to Shakespeare might mean.

As he begins to lift the back of her dress she shrieks. "Michael, what do you think you’re doing. Let me up this instant."

Her dress up above her waist his finger tips go into the waist band of her panties and down they slid. "Oh my god Michael. I forbid this, I won't stand for it. Do you hear me. I won't stand for it."

Her panties are now down to her knees. "Standing my dear will be the one thing that you will be capable of doing."

Raising his hand, Nicole tightens the muscles in her ass. Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow. Oh Michael stop this." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow. Oh it hurts. Stop it, stop it, I don't like it." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow. Stop. Stop. Oh my, It's beginning to really hurt me." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow."Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow." Crack. "Yeow."

Michael Brandon stops tanning Nicole's backside and he lets her up. She gets up and is rubbing her very sore backside. "Michael, that just wasn't fair." She stamps her foot and then sits down on his knee. Her bare ass on his knee, dressed still raised above her waist and her panties around her ankles.

Nicole puts her arms around his neck. "Michael, the next time you do something so awful as that, give a lady a little warning."

He puts his hand down and rubs her bare ass. "My dear if you had acted like a lady, that wouldn't have been needed. In the future I'll do it often and much more sounder."

She stands up and her dress cascades down over her waist. She again stamps her foot at him. "Michael Brandon, don't you ever do that again."

Nicole then turns to walk to her bedroom and she trips over her panties which are still around her ankles. He catches her and lifts her up, throwing her over his shoulder. Her panties fall to the ground. He starts to walk down to his bedroom. She is kicking her feet. "Michael, I'm quite capable of walking myself."

He stops and picks up a hairbrush that's sitting on a table. Before she knows what’s happening. Swat. "OOOOOO." Swat. "OOOOOO." Swat. "OOOOOO." Her hand goes over her backside.

He then puts the brush down and proceeds down the hallway and into the bedroom. We then hear Nicole say. "Oh my Michael."

Then the door shuts and the screen fades to black.


1 comment:

Rainer said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR from germany

I like the the movie

greets Rainer