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7th Heaven (1927)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 30 October 1927 (USA)
A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.



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Complete credited cast:
Albert Gran ...
David Butler ...
Marie Mosquini ...
Emile Chautard ...
Ben Bard ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Borzage Sr.
Dolly Borzage
Mary Borzage
Sue Borzage
Frankie Genardi
Jessie Haslett ...


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"7th Heaven" is the eighth wonder of the movie world...inspiring from start to finish...If you don't see it you've seen nothing in the moving picture line. -- The N.Y. Evening Telegram See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

30 October 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seventh Heaven  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "7th Heaven" by Austin Strong opened at the Boothe Theater on October 30, 1922 and ran for 704 performances. The Wizard of Oz 'Frank Morgan' was in the original cast. See more »


German Soldier: They're on our heels! The whole French army - in taxicabs!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »


Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee
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A beautiful movie
23 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie took me completely by surprise. I had never heard of it, but got it because it's set in Paris. It turned out to be a really beautiful movie. Beautifully shot, beautifully acted. Two rather shy individuals fall in love, almost against their wills, or at least against his will. We watch the relationship grow. Never trite, very seldom over-acted. The battle scenes in World War I are remarkable for their effectiveness.

And the end, which I won't reveal, hits you right in the mid-section and knocks your breath out.

Even someone who doesn't like silents would enjoy this, very much. It makes you understand why some people thought that by the introduction of talkies in that same year, 1927, silents had developed to the point that the first sound pictures were actually something of a regression in many ways.

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