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7th Heaven ()


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A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

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  • Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
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Diane
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Chico
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Papa Boul, the Taxi Driver
David Butler ...
Gobin, the Street Washer
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Madame Gobin
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Nana
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Father Chevillon, the Priest
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Colonel Brissac
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Sewer Rat
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Extra (uncredited)
Lewis Borzage Sr. ...
Streetlamp Lighter (uncredited)
Dolly Borzage ...
Street Girl (uncredited)
Mary Borzage ...
Bullet Factory Worker (uncredited)
Sue Borzage ...
Street Girl (uncredited)
Italia Frandi ...
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Venezia Frandi ...
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Frankie Genardi ...
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Lois Hardwick ...
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Jessie Haslett ...
Aunt Valentine (uncredited)
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Uncle George (uncredited)
Lily Tietelbaum ...
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Lillian West ...
Arlette (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Borzage

Written by

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Austin Strong ... (play)
Benjamin Glazer ... (screenplay)
Katherine Hilliker ... (adaptation) &
H.H. Caldwell ... (adaptation)
Katherine Hilliker ... (titles) &
H.H. Caldwell ... (titles)
 
Bernard Vorhaus ...

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William Fox ... producer
Sol M. Wurtzel ... supervising producer

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R.H. Bassett ... (uncredited) (premiere: Los Angeles)
William P. Perry ... (uncredited)
Erno Rapee ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Ernest Palmer
Joseph A. Valentine

Film Editing by

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Barney Wolf

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Philip Klein ... supervising editor (uncredited)

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Freddie Stoos ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Kathleen Kay
Bert Offord ... (uncredited)

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Peggy Christman ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Kitty Thompson ... hair stylist (uncredited)

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Lew Borzage ... assistant director
Park Frame ... assistant director

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Harry Oliver ... settings

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David Anderson ... lighting (uncredited)
Max Borch ... matte paintings (uncredited)
Joe Les Coulie ... matte paintings (uncredited)
Walter Pallman ... miniatures (uncredited)
Louis J. Witte ... matte paintings (uncredited)

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Max Munn Autrey ... still photographer (uncredited)
Stanley Little ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Julian Robinson ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harold D. Schuster ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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S.L. Rothafel ... musical presentation: New York premiere
Maurice Baron ... orchestrator: Erno Rapee score (uncredited)

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André Chotin ... technician
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "7th Heaven" is the eighth wonder of the movie world...inspiring from start to finish...If you don't see it you've seen nothing in the moving picture line. -- The N.Y. Evening Telegram See more »
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Also Known As
  • Seventh Heaven (United States)
  • L'heure suprême (France)
  • Im siebenten Himmel (Germany)
  • Das Glück in der Mansarde (Germany)
  • El 7º cielo (Spain)
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  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,300,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $250,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia For Chico and Diane's dramatic ascent to the apartment loft - the titular "7th Heaven" - a three-story elevator scaffold was constructed that would be able to follow the pair from the ground level to the apartment door on the top floor. The camera dollies forward onto an elevator platform and then is raised (via a system of ropes and pulleys) through the vertical set, viewing actors Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell as they climb the long spiral staircase, as though the viewer is passing through each floor on the ascent. Action is staged with background actors on various floors to give the impression that the set is an actual lived-in building, and a lighting gag (where Farrell lights a match in a darkened alcove) is used to mask a cut in order to give the audience the experience of a continuous, flowing camera movement up to the sky. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Diane See more »
Quotes Chico: You mustn't be afraid. I'm never afraid. Never look down - Always look up. I always look up. That's why I'm a very remarkable fellow!
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