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Seventh Heaven (1937)

Seventh Heaven





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This romantic tearjerker was the second film based on the popular 1922 stage play. James Stewart stars as Chico, a lowly Paris sewer worker who has abandoned his faith in God and any hope for a brighter future or romance when his prayers go unanswered. Chico meets Diane (Simone Simon), a prostitute who lives under the thumb of her cruel sister, Nana (Gale Sondergaard). When Nana kicks Diane out on the street, Chico rescues her from the authorities and gives his new friend shelter in his run-down, seventh floor slum apartment. Although Diane begins to develop feelings for him, the cynical Chico feels nothing in return until Father Chevillon (Jean Hersholt), a local priest, intervenes to get him a better job. Now working as a street cleaner, Chico's self-respect improves, and he considers marrying Diane. WWI intervenes, however, and Chico is sent off to fight, though he and Diane vow to think of each other every night at eleven o'clock.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Austin Strong, Melville Baker
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox


Jean Hersholt
as Fr. Chevillon
John Qualen
as Sewer Rat
Sig Rumann
as Durand
Rafaela Ottiano
as Mme. Frisson
Georges Renavent
as Gendarme Sergeant
Edward Keane
as Gendarme
John Hamilton
as Gendarme
Paul Porcasi
as Gendarme
Evelyn Selbie
as Old Slattern
John Picorri
as Proprietor
Gene Massett
as Wounded Soldier
Frank Puglia
as Postman
Eugene Borden
as Young Man
John Bleifer
as Lamplighter
Will Stanton
as Young Soldier
Irving Bacon
as Young Soldier
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Jimmy Stewart as, get this, a Parisian sewer worker, who longs to be a street cleaner. As circumstances have it he manages to accidentally save an suicidal streetwalker and winds up falling for her, and she for him, in this unconventional, yet predictable, still charming romance.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Unmemorable in every way. Setbound remake of the silent classic is well produced but stilted and awkward. Made very early in Jimmy's career he is totally miscast as a Parisian sewer worker, lush romanticism was never his strong suit, and he sticks out like a sore thumb. This is especially jarring since costar Simone Simon was actually French.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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