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The Seventh Sin (1957)

| Drama | 1958 (Argentina)
In post-WWII Hong Kong, unhappily married Carol has an affair with a married man. Her husband discovers it and presents her with a choice: travel with him to a remote mainland village or face the scandal of a very public divorce.

Directors:

Ronald Neame, Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), W. Somerset Maugham (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Carolyn Carwin
Bill Travers ... Walter Carwin
George Sanders ... Tim Waddington
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Paul Duvel
Françoise Rosay ... Mother Superior (as Francoise Rosay)
Ellen Corby ... Sister Saint Joseph
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1949 Hong Kong. Married to other people, American Carolyn Carwin and French shipping executive Paul Duvel are having an affair. Carolyn admits that she never loved or has even really got to know her British medical doctor turned bacteriologist husband Walter Carwin, she having accepted his marriage proposal solely to stoke what was her damaged ego at the time. Walter, in turn, has always loved Carolyn despite being aware of her vanity and general narcissism. Carolyn suspects that Walter knows about the affair, a suspicion that is ultimately confirmed when he confronts her about it. In an ultimatum by Walter concerning the infidelity, Carolyn feels she has no other option but to agree to move to rural May Tan Fu on the Chinese mainland with him, there where a cholera outbreak has occurred. She has no desire to live in a remote backwater, let alone one where disease is running rampant. The health crisis, to which Walter feels his background is well suited in assisting, is something on ... Written by Huggo

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Any Sin But This One Could Be Forgiven!

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1958 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Hongkong war ihr Schicksal See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although this was filmed in CinemaScope, for twenty years, Turner Classic Movies has repeatedly shown it only in pan/scan. This situation was finally corrected in June 2017 when it was finally aired in properly formatted LBX. See more »

Goofs

While the picture takes place between 1949-1950 in mainland China (see the Republic flag in the hospital), the clothes (dresses, shoes and hairdo) that Eleanor Parker wears are contemporary to when the picture was made in the mid-1950s. See more »

Quotes

Tim Waddington: [watching her take some salad] Dear girl, you can't eat salad. Uncooked greens are dangerous at any time. But now it's practically sure death, isn't that right, Doctor?
Doctor Walter Carwin: Yes.
Carol Carwin: I thought that was the general idea.
Doctor Walter Carwin: My wife likes salad. So do I.
[he puts some on his plate]
Tim Waddington: I say, what's going on between you two? I know that it's very bad form to ask, but what is this - a suicide pact?
Doctor Walter Carwin: Don't be so melodramatic, Mr Waddington. After all, we've both been inoculated.
Tim Waddington: Yes, well, Watson was inoculated. I'll...
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Wonderful film, ridiculous title
29 May 2005 | by RipshinSee all my reviews

Originally, I had no intention of watching this film on TCM, but the presence of Bill Travers got my attention, and I gave the movie a shot.

Frankly, I am surprised at how much I enjoyed it. All of the leading performances are excellent, and the back lot filming appropriately evokes the implied locations. Sanders is, indeed, the most thoroughly explored character, supporting or not. Travers portrays the brooding husband quite effectively, and Parker has perfected the role of a selfish woman in many films.

Having not read the original novel, I cannot comment on the translation to the screen. However, as a stand-alone film, the results are intriguing, and well done. "The Painted Veil" certainly makes a better title, however.


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