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Director:
Writers:
John Meehan (screen play) &
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Release Date:
25 October 1940 (USA) See more »
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She's Dynamite...Tearing Through A Lawless Pacific Paradise! (1948 rissue poster) See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Forgotten Pre-Codes: Her Man (1930)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlene Dietrich ... Bijou

John Wayne ... Dan

Albert Dekker ... Dr. Martin

Broderick Crawford ... Little Ned

Anna Lee ... Dorothy

Mischa Auer ... Sasha

Billy Gilbert ... Tony
Richard Carle ... District Officer
Samuel S. Hinds ... Governor
Oskar Homolka ... Antro (as Oscar Homolka)

Reginald Denny ... Captain Church
Vince Barnett ... Bartender
Herbert Rawlinson ... First Mate
James Craig ... Ensign

William Bakewell ... Ensign

Antonio Moreno ... Rubio
Russell Hicks ... First Governor
William B. Davidson ... Police Chief (as William Davidson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Sailor (uncredited)
Danny Beck ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Saloon / Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Ensign (uncredited)
Mamo Clark ... Native Girl at Antro's Table (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Edgar Edwards ... Ensign (uncredited)
Virginia Engels ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Charlie, Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Tay Garnett ... Drunken Sailor - Fight Sequence (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... 'Junior' - Antros Henchman (uncredited)
Michael Harvey ... Ensign (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Sailor (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hyde ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Soledad Jiménez ... Bijou's Maid (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... Irate Russian (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Henchman at Antro's Table (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Naval Officer at Shipboard Dance (uncredited)
Larry Lawson ... Chief Officer (uncredited)
Kay Leslie ... Sailor's Girl (uncredited)
Claire Meade ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Payne ... Second Mate (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Henchman (uncredited)
Tom Seidel ... Ens. James Scott (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ... Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Antro's Henchman (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Piano Player (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Drunk (uncredited)
Charles Stafford ... Ensign (uncredited)
Peter Sullivan ... Ensign (uncredited)
Frank Swann ... Ensign (uncredited)
Nanette Vallon ... First Maid (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Roquell Verria ... Native Girl at Antro's Table (uncredited)
Henry Victor ... Dutch Police Officer (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent ... Ensign (uncredited)
Ward Wing ... Sailor (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Dutch Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Tay Garnett 
 
Writing credits
John Meehan (screen play) &
Harry Tugend (screen play)

Ladislas Fodor (original story) and
László Vadnay (original story) (as Laslo Vadnai)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter  (as H.J. Salter)
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté (director of photography) (as Rudolph Mate)
 
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent (film editor) (as Ted Kent)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Karlson .... assistant director (as Phillip Karlstein)
 
Art Department
Martin Obzina .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
Robert Pritchard .... sound technician
 
Stunts
James Fawcett .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... gowns: Miss Dietrich
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Vera West .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
 
Other crew
Alanson Edwards .... unit publicist (uncredited)
I.C. Johnson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:6 (DVD release) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #6795) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Broderick Crawford replaced Victor McLaglen in the cast.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Dan Brent:Imagine finding you here.
Bijou:I'm the type of girl you're liable to find anywhere.
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I Fall OverboardSee more »

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Bijou and her men, 2 February 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Declared "box office poison" in the middle 1930s with such inept film figures as Katherine Hepburn and Fred Astaire (one would like to know what happened to the idiot that wrote the advertisement about "box office poison" in later years - did he find nobody listened to his opinions anymore?), Marlene Dietrich made a comeback in the late 1930s with DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, cementing it with SEVEN SINNERS and FLAME OF NEW ORLEANS. She proved quite adept at performing without her old "Svengali" director Joe Von Sternberg pulling the strings. Her stardom would survive intact until her retirement in the 1960s. Box office poison indeed!

Had Von Sternberg directed instead of Tay Garnett SEVEN SINNERS would have been somewhat like THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN. Concha, the heroine in THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN goes from man to man for her own benefit, not caring for any evil results that befall these men (in fact, she only seems to change at the end when she senses that she has lost Lionel Atwill's affections for good - it is a new experience and she is not crazy about it). Bijou is willing to use her sexual allure too, but unlike Concha she is not in control of the situation constantly. Concha rules the roost of the provincial town society she resides in (witness how she basically controls the Mayor of the town (Edward Everett Horton) about the matter of the duel between Atwill and Cesar Romero). Bijou finds she is not in control of the officials of the south sea islands she is living in. She is a notorious character, and can be thrown off islands at will.

Yet she does fascinate or control a good number of men - most notably John Wayne, a U.S. Navy officer who risks his career and future social marriage to Ann Lee for her. There are also Broderick Crawford and Mischa Auer, her two raffish protectors (Crawford a naval deserter and Auer a swindler and magician). There is her former employer Billy Gilbert, who rehires her despite misgivings (more about that later), and - most sinisterly, Oscar Homolka - a knife wielding criminal mob boss.

Homolka is ultimately quite a dangerous and bad guy, but he does have one running joke with Vince Barnett, the bartender at Gilbert's cafe. Barnett is a quiet, timid character of few words, but he does appreciate a joke. Every now and then Homolka makes some really nasty joke about what he'd do to Wayne or anyone else standing between him and Dietrich. Barnett starts laughing along with Homolka at the jokes, and at first Homolka is appreciating his own sense of humor to notice - then he does notice, and it makes him less happy. He's not there to entertain this idiot bartender. So each time he ends Barnett's laughing by throwing a stiletto next to his head. And Barnett does shut up...until the next time.

There is also one other - an exception to the rule of the manipulatable men in her life: Albert Dekker. Dekker was starting his interesting film career at this time. He had first gained notoriety playing Baron Geiger in the original stage version of Vicki Baum's GRAND HOTEL. Dekker was "Albert Van Dekker" when he essayed the role (opposite Sig Ruman as Preysling). Both were noted as first rate performers in the drama, but neither was brought to Hollywood for the film (John Barrymore and Wallace Beery playing the two roles in the movie). Ruman got the Hollywood nod first, but by 1939 Dekker was in Hollywood too. He soon was given some interesting parts - the twin brothers in AMONG THE LIVING and the evil scientist in DR. CYCLOPS being the best known.

His performance as the ship doctor in SEVEN SINNERS is interesting. He and Bijou hit it off, but he is not ready for commitment when the ship docks, but they part amicably. As a result, when the film ends and Bijou again is on board the ship, Dekker is available to replace Wayne as her permanent lover. It's a situation (by the way) that never reappears in any other Dietrich film: she usually ends with the hero, or ends alone.

The other men are besotted regarding Bijou, and it eventually leads to the final battle (nearly to the death) between Wayne and Homolka. But the most interesting (to me) is Gilbert. A hard working, and flustered, businessman - his role seems typical for Gilbert. He is forced to do things he knows are illegal or dangerous for Bijou because he does like her. But in the end, surprisingly, she shows she really cares for him too. Gilbert rarely had a dramatic moment in his films (he was such a good comic actor, nobody thought of him in dramatic parts). Here he is accidentally stabbed when the homicidal Homolka was aiming at Wayne in the final fight. Critically stabbed in his back, Gilbert is under a table when Dietrich comes over to him, and starts taking care of him and comforting him until the doctors can come. It too is a rather unusual moment for Dietrich, and one is glad that it was brought out in this fine movie.

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