Lubitsch's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
is a vivaciously scrappy film. Hilarious, improper, & containing a magnitude of non sequiturs that very nearly reach Groucho Marx stratum while still maintaining their charm - it's still one of the less cultivated productions of Bracket/Wilder writing efforts, but certainly not worse. The battle of the sexes setup is embraced well & invigorated by a ripple of innuendo, ridiculous caricatures, & regenerated mainly through empirical Lubitsch touches which also supply the 'romantic comedy' aspect of the film, rather than the focus lying solely on the (still entertaining) double act of the two leads (Colbert & Cooper).
While Colbert's furtive Nicole isn't especially dissimilar to the duplicitous women in films like Bringing Up Baby
, Ball of Fire
, or The Lady Eve
- films in which Wilder & Brackett also collaborated - the sympathies lie less with her & more with Cooper's Brandon, sometimes forcing her hand into contentious circumstances. But there is still more than enough flare here to keep the comedy in motion. In the grand scheme of things, the true delight comes less through the dialogue or conduct of the two characters, but more through the scribbles in the margins that managed their way into the negligible developments of the film because, well, why not?