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Seventh Heaven (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 March 1937 (USA)
A Parisian sewer worker longs for a rise in status and a beautiful wife. He rescues a girl from the police, lives with her in a barren flat on the seventh floor, and then marches away to ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Melville Baker, Austin Strong (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Simon ... Diane
James Stewart ... Chico
Jean Hersholt ... Father Chevillon
Gregory Ratoff ... Boul the Cab Driver
Gale Sondergaard ... Nana, Diane's Sister
J. Edward Bromberg ... Aristide the Astrologer
John Qualen ... Sewer Rat
Victor Kilian ... Gobin
Thomas Beck ... Brissac
Sig Ruman ... Durand (as Sig Rumann)
Mady Christians ... Marie
Rollo Lloyd ... Matoot
Rafaela Ottiano ... Madame Frisson
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Sergeant Gendarme
Edward Keane ... Gendarme
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Storyline

A Parisian sewer worker longs for a rise in status and a beautiful wife. He rescues a girl from the police, lives with her in a barren flat on the seventh floor, and then marches away to war. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Simone Simon James Stewart portraying a love that will live forever

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seventh Heaven See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In this film Simone Simon is afraid of cats. Gale Sondergaard plays a cat who turns into a woman in "The Blue Bird" (1940). Simone Simon plays a woman who turns into a cat in "Cat People" (1942). See more »

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Referenced in Alice Goodbody (1974) See more »

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"God has a sense of humor. And the joke is on you."
15 August 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Talkie remake of the silent classic about the romance between a sewer worker and an abused woman in WWI-era Paris. The original is one of my favorite silent films, with beautiful performances by Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, and excellent direction by Frank Borzage. This one is good on its own but it's lacking the magic the first film had.

Some are going to balk at Stewart playing a Frenchman but it was common for American actors back then not to attempt accents when playing foreign parts. It doesn't bother me. I never really get that criticism anyway. How is using an accent but speaking English instead of French any better or more authentic? Stewart does a fine job. Not one of his best performances but nothing to be embarrassed about. Simone Simon is one of the most beautiful women to ever appear on film. The camera is absolutely in love with her. She's also great in this role, bringing sensitivity and gentleness to the part like few other actresses of the time could have done. Jimmy and Simone, while individually appealing, don't have much romantic chemistry. Still, I defy anyone's heart not to melt when Simone gets the soft light treatment & begs Jimmy to say sweet things to her. The supporting cast is good. Gale Sondergaard, Jean Hersholt, Gregory Ratoff, J. Edward Bromberg, John Qualen, and Sig Ruman are among the top-notch actors in this.

It's an entertaining movie with a lot to like about it. It probably helps if you haven't seen the original, which is just perfect. Still, I adore any movie with Simone Simon so I definitely recommend you check this out for her, if nothing else.


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