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Seventh Heaven (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 March 1937 (USA)
A Parisian sewer worker longs for a rise in status and a beautiful wife. He rescues a girl from the police, lives with her in a barren flat on the seventh floor, and then marches away to ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Melville Baker, Austin Strong (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Simon ... Diane
James Stewart ... Chico
Jean Hersholt ... Father Chevillon
Gregory Ratoff ... Boul the Cab Driver
Gale Sondergaard ... Nana, Diane's Sister
J. Edward Bromberg ... Aristide the Astrologer
John Qualen ... Sewer Rat
Victor Kilian ... Gobin
Thomas Beck ... Brissac
Sig Ruman ... Durand (as Sig Rumann)
Mady Christians ... Marie
Rollo Lloyd ... Matoot
Rafaela Ottiano ... Madame Frisson
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Sergeant Gendarme
Edward Keane ... Gendarme
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Storyline

A Parisian sewer worker longs for a rise in status and a beautiful wife. He rescues a girl from the police, lives with her in a barren flat on the seventh floor, and then marches away to war. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Simone Simon James Stewart portraying a love that will live forever

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im siebenten Himmel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "7th Heaven" by Austin Strong opened at the Boothe Theater on October 30, 1922 and ran for 704 performances. See more »

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Referenced in Alice Goodbody (1974) See more »

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Whatever Happened to Simone Simon?
13 March 2005 | by louis-kingSee all my reviews

Watching this movie, I can't understand why Simone Simon didn't become a great star. In this movie she's luminous on a level with Ingrid Bergman & Audrey Hepburn. Watch the scene where Jimmy Stewart really look at her for the first time as she turns her face to his with the melody of 'Diane' playing softly; movie magic!

She made two other well-known movies: Cat People & Curse of the Cat People, then her career dwindled into nothingness. Perhaps if she'd had more charismatic co-stars like James Stewart to play off against. She should have been James Cagney's unrequited love in "The Roaring Twenties" instead of that insipid Priscilla Lane (or was it Rosemary Lane?)

James Stewart is superb as Chico. He's awkward, gruff, reluctant to get involved with other people yet his core decency compels him prevent Diane's mistreatment and stop her suicide attempt. Stewart was probably that way in real life. I don't agree that he's miscast or that he should have a French accent. There are people like that in all countries. It's not about France or French people. Any urban setting like London, Rome, New York etc. would have done equally well.

I found the character played by J. Edward Bromberg rather disturbing. He kept showing up to rain on Diane's parade with those strange eyes. I kept hoping Diane would give him a beating like she did to Gale Sonergaard.


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