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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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Tagline:
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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"Daddy, Buy Me That" See more (13 total) »

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Original working title: "Tropical Sinners"See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
I Can't Give You Anything But LoveSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
"Daddy, Buy Me That", 2 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

After Marlene Dietrich at a new studio, Universal, had made something of a comeback in Destry Rides Again, the studio was understandably looking for new properties to follow it up.

They certainly got one in Seven Sinners, a really great blend of satirical comedy and drama. Certainly Dietrich is no poor man's Sadie Thompson. One wonders why she never did her own version of Rain. She pokes fun at that type of character, but there is a skillful blend of both drama and satire in this film.

Stagecoach was done the year before and with it John Wayne finally joined the list of A players. Director Tay Garnett had Wayne in mind for this film, but Dietrich would have the final approval. The story goes he deliberately arranged for Dietrich to have lunch at the studio commissary at a time Wayne would be there. She took one look at Wayne who reminded her so much of former lover Gary Cooper, she said to Garnett in that Dietrich baritone, "Daddy, buy me that."

This is Dietrich's film, but there's enough action to satisfy any Wayne fan. Tay Garnett assembled a good supporting cast with good girl Anna Lee, Dietrich retainers Mischa Auer and Broderick Crawford, befuddled owner of the Seven Sinners Cafe Billy Gilbert, and the very sinister Oscar Homolka.

Up until All the King's Men, the part that Broderick Crawford played here was a typical part, the dumb lug who's the hero/heroine's friend. He does it well, but Crawford resented the typecasting. He was quoted as saying that while he never considered himself the world's greatest wit, he did resent playing half a one all the time back in the day. This was Crawford's only film with Wayne and that's interesting because both of them were heavy boozers.

Dietrich like in Destry Rides Again has two good songs to sing written by fellow German expatriate Frederick Hollander and Frank Loesser, I've Been in Love Before and The Man's in the Navy. She also sings I Can't Give You Anything But Love, one of the great standards back in the day.

Seven Sinners is classic Marlene Dietrich one of her most enjoyable films and John Wayne fans will like it also.

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