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The Seventh Sin (1957)

| Drama | 1958 (Argentina)
In post-WWII Hong Kong, unhappily married Carol has an affair with a married man. Her husband discovers it and presents her with a choice: travel with him to a remote mainland village or face the scandal of a very public divorce.

Directors:

Ronald Neame, Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), W. Somerset Maugham (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Carolyn Carwin
Bill Travers ... Walter Carwin
George Sanders ... Tim Waddington
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Paul Duvel
Françoise Rosay ... Mother Superior (as Francoise Rosay)
Ellen Corby ... Sister Saint Joseph
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1949 Hong Kong. Married to other people, American Carolyn Carwin and French shipping executive Paul Duvel are having an affair. Carolyn admits that she never loved or has even really got to know her British medical doctor turned bacteriologist husband Walter Carwin, she having accepted his marriage proposal solely to stoke what was her damaged ego at the time. Walter, in turn, has always loved Carolyn despite being aware of her vanity and general narcissism. Carolyn suspects that Walter knows about the affair, a suspicion that is ultimately confirmed when he confronts her about it. In an ultimatum by Walter concerning the infidelity, Carolyn feels she has no other option but to agree to move to rural May Tan Fu on the Chinese mainland with him, there where a cholera outbreak has occurred. She has no desire to live in a remote backwater, let alone one where disease is running rampant. The health crisis, to which Walter feels his background is well suited in assisting, is something on ... Written by Huggo

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Any Sin But This One Could Be Forgiven!

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1958 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Hongkong war ihr Schicksal See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ronald Neame felt Eleanor Parker was wrong for the part of Carolyn and consequently the actress was unhappy. Neame was fired by MGM and replaced with Vincente Minnelli although he refused to take any credit. As he was packing, Neame was very grateful for a sympathetic call he received from George Cukor, who told the director that he was fired from Gone with the Wind (1939) but was sure Neame would bounce back too. See more »

Goofs

While the picture takes place between 1949-1950 in mainland China (see the Republic flag in the hospital), the clothes (dresses, shoes and hairdo) that Eleanor Parker wears are contemporary to when the picture was made in the mid-1950s. See more »

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Tim Waddington: [watching her take some salad] Dear girl, you can't eat salad. Uncooked greens are dangerous at any time. But now it's practically sure death, isn't that right, Doctor?
Doctor Walter Carwin: Yes.
Carol Carwin: I thought that was the general idea.
Doctor Walter Carwin: My wife likes salad. So do I.
[he puts some on his plate]
Tim Waddington: I say, what's going on between you two? I know that it's very bad form to ask, but what is this - a suicide pact?
Doctor Walter Carwin: Don't be so melodramatic, Mr Waddington. After all, we've both been inoculated.
Tim Waddington: Yes, well, Watson was inoculated. I'll...
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Garbo's role in "The Painted Veil" goes to Eleanor Parker...
3 October 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

THE SEVENTH SIN is a remake of the Greta Garbo vehicle, "The Painted Veil", taken from a Somerset Maugham novel about a woman's journey to redeem herself. This time the unhappily married woman is ELEANOR PARKER and the husband is played by BILL TRAVERS (rather than the jilted dullard Herbert Marshall played in the Garbo version). Obviously designed to satisfy movie-goers who loved romantic stories of this sort, it manages to hold interest without ever becoming a great film.

Parker is poised and beautiful throughout, giving a very understated performance as a woman caught in the throes of what she believes is a great romance with JEAN-PIERRE AUMONT, who disappoints her when he refuses to divorce his wife. She flees to China with her doctor husband who is going to administer to those caught in a plague of cholera, eventually realizing that her selfish nature is capable of undergoing a change and working at a convent for orphaned Chinese children.

The plot resolution is a bit disappointing for anyone expecting a happy ending, but it's all tastefully handled material performed admirably by Parker and Travers. GEORGE SANDERS, as a brandy guzzling friend with some acid comments (in the Sanders manner), gives the story a lift with his wit and cynical charm.

Not bad as these sort of melodramas go, but nothing really special.


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