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Irvin Berwick (screenplay)
Jack Kevan (screenplay)
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December 1961 (USA) See more »
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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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
serious religious drama wrapped in blackmail melodrama, 28 January 2003
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

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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