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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 »
A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Frank Borzage 
Writing credits
Austin Strong (play)

Benjamin Glazer (screenplay)

H.H. Caldwell  titles
Katherine Hilliker  titles
Bernard Vorhaus  uncredited

Produced by
William Fox .... producer
Sol M. Wurtzel .... supervising producer
Original Music by
William P. Perry 
Erno Rapee 
R.H. Bassett (premiere: Los Angeles) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
Joseph A. Valentine 
Film Editing by
H.H. Caldwell 
Katherine Hilliker 
Art Direction by
Harry Oliver 
Freddie Stoos (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Kathleen Kay 
Bert Offord (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Peggy Christman .... hair stylist
Kitty Thompson .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director
Park Frame .... assistant director
Special Effects by
Louis J. Witte .... matte paintings
David Anderson .... lighting (uncredited)
Max Borch .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Joe Les Coulie .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Walter Pallman .... miniatures (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stanley Little .... assistant camera
Julian Robinson .... assistant camera
Harold D. Schuster .... assistant camera
Max M. Autrey .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Philip Klein .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Music Department
S.L. Rothafel .... musical presentation: New York premiere
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator: Erno Rapee score (uncredited)
Other crew
André Chotin .... technician

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110 min
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This cost Fox about $1.3 million to make.See more »
Chico:Don't you want to marry me?
Diane:But you never said... you love me. Couldn't you say it - just once?
Chico:I can't say it! It's too silly.
[walks around the room]
Chico:Well, this way then... Chico - Diane - Heaven!
Diane:Say it again! Say it again!
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Should be seen by all, 28 February 2014
Author: cvonsca from Venezuela

I finally had the chance to see the beautifully preserved copy of Seventh Heaven(1927)on DVD and can say that it is really worth it.For many years one aunt who has been a movie fan had told me how great the 1938 remake was but I felt really disappointed after seeing it for reasons that I will not comment here. I kept telling her that the 1927 original was supposed to be much better and I have confirmed it today. I find both Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell brilliant in their performances.The movie should be appealing to modern audiences for the reason that its plot can be summed up in one single word redemption.Janet Gaynor's Diane is proof that you can overcome terrible obstacles in your upbringing and make considerable changes in your self esteem through falling in love in an unexpected place and with an unexpected person. Charles Farrell's Chico is that creature from the sewer who instead of complaining about his fate is full of self worth and incredible self esteem. He may be wrong in many things but is basically a remarkable fellow capable of going out of his way to help others.Little does he know what life has in store for him and how that meeting on the streets will change his life.

Janet Gaynor plays a waif in the great tradition that Lilian Gish created in Broken Blossoms (1919).Giuletta Massina in La Strada (1954) and Samantha Morton in Sweet and Lowdown(1999) are others that I remember very vividly.Charles Farrell is incredibly contemporary and having found stardom right after the arrival of the talkies it is a shame that he did not become a lasting name in the same sort of Gable, Cooper or Joel McCrea.Gaynor and Farrell look wonderful together. it is no wonder that the studio kept pairing them until exhausting the partnership.

All together the production is remarkable.The direction, staging, editing and music are top notch however its considerable length and story coincidences render it as a would be masterpiece.That says a lot.Coincidences and the melodramatic tone present in segments of the 20's films is as unnecessary then as they are today. I recommend Seventh Heaven to all movie fans.Sit and enjoy it.

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