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Seven Sinners (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
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Banished from various U.S. protectorates in the Pacific, a saloon entertainer uses her femme-fatale charms to woo politicians, navy personnel, gangsters, riff-raff, judges and a ship's doctor in order to achieve her aims.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

John Meehan (screen play), Harry Tugend (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Bijou
John Wayne ... Dan
Albert Dekker ... Dr. Martin
Broderick Crawford ... Little Ned
Anna Lee ... Dorothy
Mischa Auer ... Sasha
Billy Gilbert ... Tony
Richard Carle ... District Officer
Samuel S. Hinds ... Governor
Oskar Homolka ... Antro (as Oscar Homolka)
Reginald Denny ... Captain Church
Vince Barnett ... Bartender
Herbert Rawlinson ... First Mate
James Craig ... Ensign
William Bakewell ... Ensign
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Storyline

Bijou, a saloon singer with a reputation for inciting brouhahas, is one of several deportees from a south Pacific island to arrive at another U.S. protectorate, Boni Komba. She becomes very popular with U.S. navy men by performing at the 'Seven Sinners'. A navy Lieutenant is attracted to Bijou despite the Governor's machinations to keep them apart, and the competing affections of local mobster, Antro. Will the Lieutenant give up the navy for Bijou, and will he survive Antro's forces? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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femme fatale | See All (1) »

Taglines:

She's Dynamite...Tearing Through A Lawless Pacific Paradise! (1948 rissue poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Composer Hans J. Salter recycled his and Frank Skinner's score for "Son of Dracula." See more »

Quotes

District Officer: There've been a half a dozen complaints since you came to that cafe.
Bijou: A half-dozen! Why not fifty? I'm surprised.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Wayne (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Marlene Dietrich
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Delicious satire of Sadie Thompson dramas
28 November 1999 | by rfkeserSee all my reviews

This rowdy South Seas romp is the high point of Marlene Dietrich's more user-friendly populist period: she plays "Bijou", a "singer" who gets deported from island after island because she innocently enflames both locals and sailors into brawling and destroying the nightclubs. Bijou values handsome guys, diamonds, and good friends, not to mention her wardrobe of feathers, flounces, silks, lace parasols, and even a sailor's uniform. As the object of Bijou's attention, John Wayne is at his freshest and most appealing, sheepishly bringing her armloads of orchids. The supporting cast is unusually deep: dense but loyal Broderick Crawford, sneaky Mischa Auer, menacing Oscar Homolka, perpetually befuddled Billy Gilbert, world-weary Albert Dekker, pretty Anna Lee. The lavish production includes sunny lighting and dynamic camera moves from Rudolph Mate. For once, director Tay Garnett gets it all right: the tropical atmosphere, the teasing romance, the broad comedy, the bittersweet edge [see Bijou's exchanges with the ship's doctor], plus four good musical numbers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Sinners See more »

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Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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