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The Seventh Victim (1943)

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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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Mark Robson
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Complete credited cast:
Tom Conway ... Dr. Louis Judd
Jean Brooks ... Jacqueline Gibson
Isabel Jewell ... Frances Fallon
Kim Hunter ... Mary Gibson
Evelyn Brent ... Natalie Cortez
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Jason Hoag
Ben Bard ... Mr. Brun
Hugh Beaumont ... Gregory Ward
Chef Milani Chef Milani ... Mr. Giacomo Romari
Marguerita Sylva 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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USA

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21 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 7th Victim See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Directorial debut of Mark Robson who had previously been a film editor at RKO. Robson would later be nominated for two Oscars as Best Director, for both Peyton Place and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness and go on to helm the 1967 camp classic (and major box office hit) Valley of the Dolls. See more »

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Gladys: My dear, we were intimate. The times we use to have together! I bet she never told you about that - you're too young.
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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 Black Christmas (1974) See more »

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Oranges and Lemons
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If I prefer to believe in satanic majesty and power, who can deny me?
3 December 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Seventh Victim is directed by Mark Robson and written by DeWitt Bodeen and Charles O'Neal. It stars Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell and Kim Hunter. Music is scored by Roy Webb and cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.

When she is told her older sister Jacqueline has vanished, Mary Gibson is forced to leave her private school and travel to New York City to hopefully find her. Obtaining help from her sister's husband, Gregory, and the suspicious help of psychiatrist, Dr. Louis Judd, Mary finds that the deeper she goes the more dangerous the situation becomes, it appears that Jacqueline has got herself involved with something very sinister indeed.

He calleth all his children by their name.

Coming as it does from producer Val Lewton, one shouldn't be surprised that The Seventh Victim is a hauntingly poetic creeper of a movie, no shocks or out and out horror here, just a genuine sense of dread and a pervading sense of doom. When delving a bit further into the making of the picture it becomes apparent that an original cut of the piece was considerably longer, this explains a lot to me as the film, as good as it is in its 71 minute form, is not fully formed and at times not the easiest to fully understand. It would seem that although originally intended as a longer mainstream picture, a difference of opinion between Lewton and the studio (thought to be about the hiring of first time director Mark Robson) meant it was cut to a B movie standard.

The Palladists.

What remains, though, isn't at all bad, in fact it's unique. Robson's direction (obviously guided by Lewton) is perfectly sedate and in keeping with the mood of the piece, and between them they have conjured up some most unforgettable scenes and imagery. One particular shower scene lingers long after the credits roll, the perfect use of a silhouette probably had a certain Alfred Hitchcock taking notes, whilst the ending is quite simply a piece of bleak and unforgettable cinema. Musuraca is the key ingredient, though, the ace cinematographer is all about the shadows, blending noir with Gothic to create atmospheric paranoia. Satanism in Greenwich Village, suicide, psychological discord and urban dread, all potent little threads dangled into the slow burn pot. But ultimately it's the mood of the picture that gets you, unease and the murky mystery ensuring you are hooked throughout. 7.5/10


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