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Seven Sinners (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

John Meehan (screen play), Harry Tugend (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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HE'S FIGHTING-MAD! Battling and brawling for her lips! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Haus der sieben Sünden See more »

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Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Tay Garnett said that John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich were crazy about each other. And every crew member was also mad about her. Garnett himself. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Dan Brent: Imagine finding you here.
Bijou: I'm the type of girl you're liable to find anywhere.
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 18 December 1961 (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been in Love Before
(1940)
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Sung by Marlene Dietrich (uncredited)
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Island hopping
5 January 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Bijou Blanche, a sort of chanteuse, provoked a riot, literally, everywhere in which she appears. When we first see her, she is arriving by ship to a place she is not exactly welcomed, she goes to the Seven Sinners club, where its owner doesn't have too many fond memories of Bijou, but she is a woman who will bring a lot of business his way. Ms. Blanche has the right amounts of sophistication, beauty and elegance that proves to be disarming for the men lucky enough to get her attention.

Bijou, who has a two-man entourage, Little Ned, and Sasha, soon discovers the American Navy, which has a presence in the island. It takes little before most of the sailors discover the mysterious beauty who can belt a song as well as play pool like a pro. Lt. Dan Brent, also falls under her spell, in spite of being the unofficial escort for the daughter of the man in command.

There are enough tensions in the air as a sinister Anthro, who wants Bijou for himself enters the picture. Anthro is a man who knows how to throw a knife as Tony, the owner of the club, can attest. Bijou has the kind of reaction men seem to have whenever she is around. One of the most fun brawls occurs at the Seven Sinners, but at the end, Bijou has her way, as it's always the case.

Directed with his usual style by Tay Garnett, the new DVD copy has an excellent quality since it is part of a newly released package featuring films of John Wayne. The great Marlene Dietrich is Bijou, a woman who knows what makes men tick. She kept reminding us of Destry, in that in both films she played saloon entertainers. A young, handsome John Wayne is perfect opposite Ms. Dietrich. Their chemistry is right.

The pleasure of watching this movie is watching an interesting supporting cast full of familiar faces. Broderick Crawford and Misha Auer play Little Ned Finnegan and Sasha, who are devoted to Bijou. Oskar Homolka is perfectly menacing and gives the film another dimension in the mystery surrounding his persona. Billy Gilbert also puts an appearance as Tony, the owner of the joint.

Not seen often these days, "Seven Sinners" is worth a look because of the amazing cast and the fun everyone seemed to be having, and of course, Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne at their best.


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