Just before wowing international critics and moviegoers with his adventure romp Fanfan le Tulip, director Christian-Jaque dashed off the lampoonish Barbe-Bleu. Ostensibly the story of the famed wife-killing potentate Bluebeard (Pierre Brasseur), this lighthearted costumer begins as the title character is poised to march down the matrimonial aisle for the eighth time. Barbe-Blue's newest spouse Aline (Cecile Aubry) is kept in line by her husband's claims of murdering her predecessors. But when Aline opens the famous locked door to the equally famous hidden room, both she and the audience are in for quite a surprise. The frivolous nature of Barbe-Bleu is underlined by its pleasing utilization of the French Gezacolor process.
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