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The 7th Commandment -- A shockingly frank story of illict love and murder, this tense tale is about a confident, successful young man who's lured into a life of violence by his seductive ex-girlfriend.


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Irvin Berwick (screenplay)
Jack Kevan (screenplay)
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December 1961 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jonathan Kidd ... Ted Mathews, alias Rev. Tad Morgan
Lyn Statten ... Terry James
John Harmon ... Pete
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)

Patrick Cranshaw (as Joseph Patrick Cranshaw)
Jack Herman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Herbert ... Crippled boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Irvin Berwick 
Writing credits
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Irvin Berwick  screenplay
Jack Kevan  screenplay

Produced by
Irvin Berwick .... producer
Cinematography by
Robert C. Jessup 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Cavalier .... assistant director (as Joseph Cavalier)
Sound Department
S.F. Brownrigg .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Kornegay .... still photographer
Other crew
Denis Adams .... production coordinator (as Dennis Adams)
Robert N. Arvidson .... producer's assistant
Clyde Waller .... dialogue coach

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"The Seventh Commandment" - USA (original title)
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82 min
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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 »
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The best masochistic potboiler Hugo Haas never made, 16 September 2015
Author: melvelvit-1 from NYC suburbs

In the Bible, THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT is "Thou shalt not commit adultery" (I think) and if it weren't broken, there'd be no movie but I certainly wasn't expecting anything like this. College grad Ted Matthews is out on a date with slinky Terry James when he crashes the car and kills her. He gets amnesia and becomes a soul-saving preacher who can heal crippled kids but his world implodes when he finds out Terry didn't die and she's out get him any way she can. Revenge, sexual obsession, moral degradation, alcoholism, and murder follow in the best masochistic potboiler Hugo Haas never made but could have. Ted & Terry even look like Hugo and his muse, Cleo Moore, and there's an ironic, twist-laden ending Haas would have been proud of. And it's all wrapped in religion, to boot. Yikes.

This is the most "noir" in SWV's "Weird Noir" DVD six-pack with its dark and dirty hotel rooms lit only by neon lights flashing outside with a bottle of whiskey on the nightstand -not to mention a femme fatale (hard-bitten Lyn Statten, a psychotronic's dream) who sashays into a room to the strains of "St. Louis Woman" and delights in having sex with a man who's not the groom on their wedding night. When she's not knocking back the booze or loving the bitch-slapping her pimp daddy gives her, that is. There's quite a bit of SCARLET STREET to the story as well and it's ably helmed by director Irvin Berwick whose previous effort was THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS. The "Weird Noir" set is definitely worth the price of admission for this humdinger alone.

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