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Seven Sweethearts (1942)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 14 October 1943 (Mexico)
Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter Henry Taggart takes a room at an inn ran by an eccentric old Dutchman, Mr. Van Maaster and his seven daughters. The eldest, ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Walter Reisch (original screenplay), Leo Townsend (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Grayson ... Billie Van Maaster
Marsha Hunt ... Regina 'Reggie' Van Maaster
Cecilia Parker ... Victor Van Maaster
Peggy Moran ... Albert 'Al' Van Maaster
Dorothy Morris ... Peter Van Maaster
Frances Rafferty ... George Van Maaster
Frances Raeburn ... Cornelius Van Maaster
Van Heflin ... Henry Taggart
Carl Esmond ... Carl Randall
Michael Butler Michael Butler ... Bernard Groton, Peter's Beau
Cliff Danielson Cliff Danielson ... Martin Leyden, Victor's Beau
William Roberts ... Anthony Vreeland, Cornelius' Beau
James Warren ... Theodore Vaney, Albert's Beau
Dick Simmons ... Paul Brandt, George's Beau
S.Z. Sakall ... Mr. Van Maaster, the Father
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Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter Henry Taggart takes a room at an inn ran by an eccentric old Dutchman, Mr. Van Maaster and his seven daughters. The eldest, Regina, is spoiled and stage-struck while Billie, Victor, Albert, Cornelius, Peter and George work there as boys. Henry, momentarily attracted to Regina, realizes he is in love with Billie when he hears her sing. Billie, resists his attentions, believing him the property of Regina since it is a Van Maaster family tradition that no girls in the family can marry until the eldest has. Billie admits her love for Henry but Regina will not relent. The old man trails Regine to New York where she says she has eloped, and asks that Billie marry Henry. Six couples in wedding clothes stand at the altar in the Little Delft church; Billie and Henry and the five other sisters with their intended. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's A SWEETHEART Of A Picture! See more »

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Musical | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of Seven Tulips See more »

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Budget:

$752,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First MGM film produced by Joe Pasternak. See more »

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When Billie is singing to Henry, two white doves land on the windowsill. When they fly away, a string can be seen pulling on the leg of the dove on the left. See more »

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Remake of The Seven Sisters (1915) See more »

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Mozart's Cradle Song
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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Jazz version played and sung on the radio
Played on piano and sung by Kathryn Grayson
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odd little film
22 July 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Seven Sweethearts" is about a journalist who travels to Holland, Michigan to do a story about tulip time there and falls in love. The owner of the hotel has seven young, lovely daughters, all with men's names, who live in an isolated little world of clogs and tulips. One of them is pretty Billie (Kathryn Grayson) with whom the jaded reporter falls in love. All the girls, with the exception of the ambitious, cold Reggie (Marsha Hunt) have boyfriends and are aching to get married. But tradition states that the oldest girl must marry first.

This movie seemed very long to me, strange, and somewhat boring. It's filled with B actors, with the exception of Heflin, Grayson, and character actor S.K. Sakall, who hands in one of the best acting scenes toward the end of the film when he has a confrontation with Billie. Grayson had a thin, fluttery coloratura soprano that nevertheless possessed some beautiful high notes and pianissimos, and she entertains throughout with songs and arias such as "Je suis Titania." She's good in her role. Heflin seems out of place but is quite likable.

For those who don't know, the oldest girl marrying first was and perhaps still is a tradition in many cultures. The ending is cute, but this is still a cloying film, and it's hard to believe that this family had no relatives in Holland that they were concerned about during wartime. I suppose the idea was to take everyone out of the war for a while.


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