BLUEBEARD’S TEN HONEYMOONS (1960)
Article #1251 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-17-2004
Posting Date: 1-14-2005
Directed by W. Lee Wilder
Featuring George Sanders, Corinne Calvet, Jean Kent
A Parisian antique dealer falls for a singer, but her expensive tastes causes him to turn to murdering rich widows for their money.
Actually, the title is a bit misleading; as far as I can tell, Landru never gets around to marrying any of these women, preferring to do away with them before the ceremony. It’s a good role for George Sanders, and between his performance and some of the witty touches of the script (in particular, Landru’s obsession of keeping track of his expenses) contribute quite a bit to making this far and away the best W. Lee Wilder movie I’ve seen to date. Its biggest drawback is its sluggish pace, but it does show an improvement for Wilder, and the ending is nicely edited. In terms of its fantastic content, it’s somewhat marginal, but the Landru story is generally considered to fall within the bounds of horror.