Seventh Heaven

  • 1937
  • 1 HR 40 MIN
  • NR

This version of SEVENTH HEAVEN is an uneven remake of the Janet Gaynor-Charles Farrell 1927 picture that had been brought to the screen after the play, which starred Helen Menken, took Broadway by storm in 1922. Stewart never quite convinces anyone he is a Parisian sewer worker living in the slums, and Simon doesn't get a handle on her character under King's...read more

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This version of SEVENTH HEAVEN is an uneven remake of the Janet Gaynor-Charles Farrell 1927 picture that had been brought to the screen after the play, which starred Helen Menken, took Broadway by storm in 1922. Stewart never quite convinces anyone he is a Parisian sewer worker living in

the slums, and Simon doesn't get a handle on her character under King's uneven direction. Stewart, a cynic, rejects the concept of God and never dreams he could ever fall in love. Simon is a prostitute who is dominated by her cruel sister, Sondergaard. When Sondergaard tosses Simon out into the

streets, she meets Stewart and he gives her haven in his slum apartment. She is struck by his kindness and is soon in love with him, though he doesn't return that love. Hersholt is a priest who is disturbed by Stewart's inability to embrace God, and, in an attempt to show him that other people

care what happens, Hersholt arranges for Stewart to get a new job as a street cleaner. Stewart and Simon become closer, and he eventually thinks about marrying her, but WW I breaks out and he is drafted. Rather than go through a formal ceremony, they swear their vows to each other privately. Four

years pass and she thinks about him at eleven o'clock every night, just as he does wherever he is. The war ends on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and she doesn't hear from him. All of her friends tell her that he must not have survived the war, but he eventually does

return, totally blinded but still very much in love. What comedy there is in the film is by Ratoff as a cab driver. The picture is dated and was an unwise remake that never captured the ethereal quality of the original.

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