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The 7th Commandment (1961)
"The Seventh Commandment" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  December 1961 (USA)
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A man and his girlfriend driving in their car have an accident. The man gets amnesia and wanders away from the accident. He is taken in by a traveling preacher, and several years later ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Kidd ...
Ted Mathews, alias Rev. Tad Morgan
Lyn Statten ...
Terry James
John Harmon ...
Frank Arvidson ...
Rev. Noah Turnbull
Wendy Berwick ...
Margaret Bannister, hearing-impaired teen
Wayne Berwick ...
Jerry Nelson, lame boy
Johnny Carpenter ...
Mike, tent-show assistant (as John Carpenter)
(as Joseph Patrick Cranshaw)
Jack Herman


A man and his girlfriend driving in their car have an accident. The man gets amnesia and wanders away from the accident. He is taken in by a traveling preacher, and several years later returns to his hometown as the Rev. Tad Morgan, still unaware of his previous life there. His girlfriend, who was injured in the accident and is now an ex-convict living with her crook boyfriend in a sleazy apartment, decides to take her revenge on the now-respectable preacher. Written by Anonymous

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Originally intended as a double-bill with "Secret File: Hollywood" which would ultimately be released until mid-1962, early promotional materials such as the official campaign (press) book, movie posters and lobby cards list the film title in the form of a numerical word '7th'. When the film was finally released in December, 1961, the film title sequence displays the name of the film as the word 'seven'. See more »


Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »

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serious religious drama wrapped in blackmail melodrama
28 January 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Director Irvin Berwick (Monster of Piedras Blancas, Hitchhike to Hell, Malibu High) is not a name that would come to mind when I think of thought-provoking religious dramas. So imagine my surprise when I see such a film wrapped up within a hard-boiled blackmail melodrama! While it could be argued that the evangelical setting of about half the movie is a mere plot element, Berwick takes it too seriously, spends too much time on it, and ends the film in such a way that it's clear the resolution of the religious drama is far more important to him than the resolution of the crime drama. This is actually a study of the nature of faith and salvation, put into a marketable crime melodrama package. Was Mr. Berwick ever interviewed about this film? It obviously must have meant a lot to him. Now I'm anxious to see the films he made after this in the mid-60s: Strange Compulsion and The Street Is My Beat. Although not as over-the-top as The World's Greatest Sinner or Wise Blood, and not as slick as Elmer Gantry, the Seventh Commandment really belongs on the same shelf as those classics. I don't want to give away much of the plot, as the element of surprise is important. However, if the combination of a gritty b&w low-budget blackmail melodrama mixed with serious religious issues of faith and salvation sounds intriguing, track this film down. I've never really seen anything like it!

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