Seven Sinners (1940)

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Bijou, a saloon singer with a reputation for inciting brouhahas, is one of several deportees from a south Pacific island to arrive at another U.S. protectorate, Boni Komba. She becomes very... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Martin
Richard Carle ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Oskar Homolka ...
Antro (as Oscar Homolka)
Captain Church
Vince Barnett ...
Herbert Rawlinson ...
First Mate


Bijou, a saloon singer with a reputation for inciting brouhahas, is one of several deportees from a south Pacific island to arrive at another U.S. protectorate, Boni Komba. She becomes very popular with U.S. navy men by performing at the 'Seven Sinners'. A navy Lieutenant is attracted to Bijou despite the Governor's machinations to keep them apart, and the competing affections of local mobster, Antro. Will the Lieutenant give up the navy for Bijou, and will he survive Antro's forces? Written by Gary Jackson <>

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Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Haus der sieben Sünden  »

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$760,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Broderick Crawford replaced Victor McLaglen in the cast. See more »


District Officer: There've been a half a dozen complaints since you came to that cafe.
Bijou: A half-dozen! Why not fifty? I'm surprised.
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Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »


Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played at the party on ship
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Dietrich's glamour shines opposite a young John Wayne...
20 June 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Both Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne are at their physical peak in 'Seven Sinners', a South Seas island romp that concludes with one of the most colorful barroom brawls in movie history. Dietrich is a Sadie Thompson kind of character, island hopping as she is deported from one tropical island to another--always attracting a bunch of attentive admirers with a knack for inciting riots. It's a film that's briskly entertaining from start to finish.

Dietrich has never been more appealing, gorgeously gowned and photographed to advantage whether appearing in skin-tight glittering gowns or sporting lacey parasols or wearing a sailor's uniform. She projects the same sort of character she played in 'Destry Rides Again'. John Wayne is young, handsome and earnest in one of his earlier roles. James Craig can be spotted briefly as an admiring ensign. Mischa Auer and Oscar Homolka have some colorful supporting roles, but the most enjoyable member of the cast is Billy Gilbert as the night club owner who sees trouble brewing the minute Dietrich shows up at his tavern.

Breezy entertainment with a couple of good songs done in the stylish Dietrich manner.

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