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The Seventh Victim (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  21 August 1943 (USA)
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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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Mary Gibson
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Jason Hoag - Poet
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Mr. Brun
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Mr. Jacob Romari
Marguerita Sylva ...
Mrs. Bella Romari
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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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Trivia

The quote from John Donne which opens the film also appears as a stained-glass panel over the staircase in Mary's school, and reappears as the film's last lines, quoted by the dying Mimi. See more »

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Mary boards the train at 14th Street. However, the stock footage shows that the very next station her train arrives at is again 14th Street. See more »

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Police Officer Danny, Bureau Clerk: I tell you young lady. When a thing likes this comes up you got to go to the police. What do you think people pay taxes for? It ain't just to keep us chasing after crooks and regulating traffic. We're suppose to help everybody. Now, you got to go to the police about your sister, Miss.
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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 »

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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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Oranges and Lemons
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18 April 2002 | by (Cyberia) – See all my reviews

I ran this tape for a few seconds to see if it was in good condition, and I was so drawn in by the hypnotic atmosphere that I dropped all else and watched the whole movie. Such is its power, it won,t let you go. Every relationship in the movie felt real and credible, despite the extreme circumstances.

Lewton is a humanitarian, which is why his movies have so much more profundity than most film noir. You really feel that you care about his characters, even the sleazy satanists (similar to the way he had made Irena the cat-woman a kind and gentle person, where anyone else would have cast her as a tough cookie). All the characters in this movie are complex people of the sort he must have known in his New York days, and the poet manque is likely a self portrait. And who else would quote John Donne's poetry in a thriller.

It will take repeated viewings for me (and you) to understand The Seventh Victim, but the sombre mood will communicate itself immediately.

Be alert for little details throughout- especially at the end, which comes suddenly.


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