After retiring his timeless Little Tramp character, Charlie Chaplin surprised audiences everywhere in Monsieur Verdoux by playing a criminal who marries wealthy widows and then murders them for their dough. It’s not often that murder is a laughing matter, but Chaplin is forever a master—turning such a repugnant human being into a star remains one of his most impressive accomplishments.

Chaplin performs all of the physical gags from his Modern Times and Great Dictator days, but here they're accomplished with poison in his hand and malice in his heart.