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The Seventh Victim (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 21 August 1943 (USA)
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A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Louis Judd
... Jacqueline Gibson
... Frances Fallon
... Mary Gibson
... Natalie Cortez
Erford Gage ... Jason Hoag
... Mr. Brun
... Gregory Ward
Chef Milani ... Mr. Giacomo Romari
Marguerita Sylva ... Mrs. Bella Romari
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When her older sister Jacqueline disappears, Mary Gibson is forced to leave her private school and decides to travel to New York City to look for her. A bit naive and out of her depth, she is not quite sure how to go about finding her. Eventually she meets Gregory Ward, her sister's husband and a mysterious psychiatrist, Dr. Louis Judd who claims to know of Jacqueline's whereabouts. What she doesn't realize is that her sister became involved with devil worshipers who now want to eliminate her for having revealed their existence. Written by garykmcd

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Tom Conway recreates his character of Dr. Judd from "Cat People." As he died at the end of the earlier picture, "The Seventh Victim" qualifies as a quasi-prequel. See more »

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The opening text reads: "I run from death, and death meets me as fast, And all my pleasures are like yesterday." The movie attributes the quote to John Donne's Holy Sonnet #7. But it is actually from Holy Sonnet #1. See more »

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Gregory Ward: No, that room made her happy in some strange way I couldn't understand. She lived in a world of her own fancy. She didn't always tell the truth. In fact, I'm afraid she didn't know what the truth was.
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[title after starting credits] I runne to death, and death meets me as fast, and all my pleasures are like yesterday. Holy sonnet #VII Jonne Donne See more »

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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 39, No. 15
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Composed by Johannes Brahms
[The pianist is playing the piece when Jason, Mary and Gregory arrive at the party to speak to Louis]
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Another stylish chiller from Val Lewton's RKO unit
2 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

As a longtime booster of The Cat People, I tended to give the credit to its director Jacques Tourneur (later to helm Out of the Past). Seeing The Seventh Victim, also from Val Lewton's B-movie unit at RKO, changed all that. It seems Lewton was the resident genius, cobbling together stylish horror/suspense films on shoestring budgets. The young Kim Hunter, away at a private school, learns that her tuition hasn't been paid because her sister, owner of a beauty empire, has disappeared. She leaves school and starts scouring New York's Greenwich Village (also the locale of much of The Cat People) only to uncover a cult of devil worshipers. Lewton's thrillers haven't dated the way James Whale's, for instance, have, possibly because they depend so heavily on suggestion; the literalness of today's "horror" films is completely alien to these suggestive, truly chilling films. The RKO B-movie unit under Lewton was also, probably, a major influence on the look of film noir, soon to become the cutting-edge aesthetic in American movies. This is as tense and satisfying a 75 minutes as you'll find until the Mann/Alton team's seminal noirs of a few years later.


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