Bluebeard’s Ten Honeymoons (1960)

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons poster

Allied Artists Pictures
Starring:
 George Sanders, Jean Kent, Corinne Calvet
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Henri Landru (George Sanders) has a thing for nightclub singer Odette (Corinne Calvet) but to keep her happy he must find a means of income which he does by murdering wealthy women he seduces.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): One of the woman Henri sets his sights on is Jeanette (Jean Kent) who he intercepts while she’s placing a classified ad for a male companion. Jeanette owns a Siamese cat which is seen on a table in her home.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat sitting on table

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat sitting up on table

Henri offers to take Jeanette to his villa and they go to catch a train. Jeanette takes the Siamese cat with her.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Jeanette Jean Kent holding Siamese cat at train station

At the villa, Henri brings Jeanette breakfast in bed. The Siamese cat enters the scene strangely, looking as if it had been thrown into the shot from off screen.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat on end of bed

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat thrown on bed

Jeanette asks where the cat, named Max, is. Henri spots the cat in the corner and says, “I don’t think he likes me very much.” Jeanette laughs and explains that Max is a she.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat sitting in corner

Later Jeanette carries Max into the kitchen where Henri is waiting with a large fire in the oversized oven.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Jeanette Jean Kent holding Siamese cat behind fire in oven

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Jeanette Jean Kent holding Siamese cat with Henri George Sanders

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Jeanette Jean Kent holding Siamese cat while looking at Henri George Sanders

Jeanette drinks a sherry which Henri has given her, not realizing it is poisoned. When she falls she is somehow careful not to land on Max.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Jeanette Jean Kent falling to ground with Siamese cat

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Jeanette Jean Kent lying on ground with Siamese cat beside her

Max goes to the open window as Henri starts to dispose of the body. After the deed is done, Henri sees Max hanging around outside the window and flicks his towel at the pane, scaring away the cat.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat on sink

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat looking in window

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat scared away from window by Henri George Sanders

After this Max is seen outside the window as Henri committs numerous murders in the villa. She even witnesses the murder of Odette.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat Max looking in window

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat Max still looking in window

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat Max sitting in window

Finally the sister of one of the victims traces Henri to the villa and brings the police. Henri tries to escape by running through the woods in a rainstorm. Suddenly Max the cat screeches and jumps from a nearby tree, attacking the murderer! Whether or not the cat is attacking on behalf of her murdered owner or because Henri left her outside without feeding her is anyone’s guess.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - wet Siamese cat Max in tree

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat Max attacking Henri George Sanders

Henri tries to kill Max but is stopped by an officer. Max runs away and is not present when Henri is executed.

Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons - Siamese cat fighting with Henri George Sanders

Final Mewsings: It’s a shame cats don’t know how to call the police.


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