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7th Heaven (1927)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 30 October 1927 (USA)
A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Austin Strong (play), Benjamin Glazer (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Diane
Charles Farrell ... Chico
Albert Gran ... Papa Boul, the Taxi Driver
David Butler David Butler ... Gobin, the Street Washer
Marie Mosquini ... Madame Gobin
Gladys Brockwell ... Nana
Emile Chautard ... Father Chevillon, the Priest
Ben Bard ... Colonel Brissac
George E. Stone ... Sewer Rat
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Storyline

In Paris, in the early years of the twentieth century, lives Chico, a sewer worker with lofty aspirations. One night, Chico saves a young prostitute named Diane from the murderous rage of her tyrannical sister. Despite her lifestyle, Diane is honest and innocent, and when the police arrive to arrest her, Chico spontaneously claims that she is his wife. Forced to maintain this facade or else both face prison sentences, Chico reluctantly allows Diane to live with him -- and in the process, love gradually blossoms between them. However, the dark spectre of World War I has begun to descend upon France, and Chico and Diane cannot help but fall under its shadow. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Expect a Big Picture. We personally assure you that you'll not be disappointed in "7th Heaven" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seventh Heaven See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,318,563, 31 December 1928

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,000
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Received the most nominations of any film at the first Academy Awards ceremony, with five. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: For those who will climb it, there is a ladder leading from the depths to the heights - from the sewer to the stars - the ladder of Courage.
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Connections

Referenced in Gakusei romansu: Wakaki hi (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Diane
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee
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Should be seen by all
28 February 2014 | by cvonscaSee all my reviews

I finally had the chance to see the beautifully preserved copy of Seventh Heaven(1927)on DVD and can say that it is really worth it.For many years one aunt who has been a movie fan had told me how great the 1938 remake was but I felt really disappointed after seeing it for reasons that I will not comment here. I kept telling her that the 1927 original was supposed to be much better and I have confirmed it today. I find both Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell brilliant in their performances.The movie should be appealing to modern audiences for the reason that its plot can be summed up in one single word redemption.Janet Gaynor's Diane is proof that you can overcome terrible obstacles in your upbringing and make considerable changes in your self esteem through falling in love in an unexpected place and with an unexpected person. Charles Farrell's Chico is that creature from the sewer who instead of complaining about his fate is full of self worth and incredible self esteem. He may be wrong in many things but is basically a remarkable fellow capable of going out of his way to help others.Little does he know what life has in store for him and how that meeting on the streets will change his life.

Janet Gaynor plays a waif in the great tradition that Lilian Gish created in Broken Blossoms (1919).Giuletta Massina in La Strada (1954) and Samantha Morton in Sweet and Lowdown(1999) are others that I remember very vividly.Charles Farrell is incredibly contemporary and having found stardom right after the arrival of the talkies it is a shame that he did not become a lasting name in the same sort of Gable, Cooper or Joel McCrea.Gaynor and Farrell look wonderful together. it is no wonder that the studio kept pairing them until exhausting the partnership.

All together the production is remarkable.The direction, staging, editing and music are top notch however its considerable length and story coincidences render it as a would be masterpiece.That says a lot.Coincidences and the melodramatic tone present in segments of the 20's films is as unnecessary then as they are today. I recommend Seventh Heaven to all movie fans.Sit and enjoy it.


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