The Seventh Victim (1943)

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A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.


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Complete credited cast:
Jean Brooks ...
Frances Fallon
Mary Gibson
Natalie Cortez
Erford Gage ...
Jason Hoag - Poet
Ben Bard ...
Mr. Brun
Gregory Ward
Chef Milani ...
Mr. Giacomo Romari
Marguerita Sylva ...
Mrs. Bella Romari


When her older sister Jacqueline disappears, Mary Gibson is forced to leave her private school and decides to travel to New York City to look for her. A bit naive and out of her depth, she is not quite sure how to go about finding her. Eventually she meets Gregory Ward, her sister's husband and a mysterious psychiatrist, Dr. Louis Judd who claims to know of Jacqueline's whereabouts. What she doesn't realize is that her sister became involved with devil worshipers who now want to eliminate her for having revealed their existence. Written by garykmcd

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21 August 1943 (USA)  »

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The 7th Victim  »

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Notable cast members include Hugh Beaumont (Gregory Ward), who played the father, Ward Cleaver in the TV series 'Leave It To Beaver'; Barbara Hale (uncredited subway passenger), who played secretary Della Street in 'Perry Mason', pioneering celebrity chef Joseph "Chef" Milani, who ran the famous Hollywood Canteen during WWII, and character actor Feodor Chaliapin Jr (cult henchman), whose best-known role was as the mad monk Jorge De Burgos in 'The Name of the Rose'. See more »


The quote from Donne misspells his first name as 'Jonne' rather than 'John'. See more »


Gregory Ward: No, that room made her happy in some strange way I couldn't understand. She lived in a world of her own fancy. She didn't always tell the truth. In fact, I'm afraid she didn't know what the truth was.
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[title after starting credits] I runne to death, and death meets me as fast, and all my pleasures are like yesterday. Holy sonnet #VII Jonne Donne See more »


Featured in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) See more »


Oranges and Lemons
Traditional English nursery rhyme
Performed by Kim Hunter and children's chorus
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Offbeat and very creepy
27 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spooky film about a young woman getting involved with a group of devil worshippers in NYC.

In terms of subject matter this is ahead of its time--it was probably the first film to deal seriously with cults. The film also is the film debut of Kim Hunter (later to win an Oscar for "A Streetcar Named Desire") and has an early performance by Hugh Beaumont (later on "Father Knows Best"). Also Tom Conway was in this and two other top horror films of the 40s--"I Walked With A Zombie" and "Cat People".

This is one of the very low-budget horror films that producer Val Lewton made for RKO in the 1940s. He was given only "B" actors to work with and zero money, but he turned in some true classics. He used darkness and shadow very effectively making some of the creepiest-looking sets on film. Also he NEVER showed anything explicitly--he always kept the monsters or violence off screen and just suggested at it. It works beautifully.

This movie is the least known of all of them (probably because of the subject matter), but it's probably the best one. The plot and themes are handled matter-of-factly and the sets are truly eerie. The performances are all low-key perfectly fitting the script. Even the obligatory love story shoehorned in works. There's also a VERY bizarre shower sequence and a grim ending.

Definitely worth seeing...a must for horror fans. A 10 all the way!

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