Seven Sinners (1940)

86 mins | Romance | 25 October 1940

Director:

Tay Garnett

Cinematographer:

Rudolph Maté

Editor:

Ted J. Kent

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , producer Joe Pasternak wanted Franchot Tone to play the role of "Dan" until he discovered that he could hire John Wayne to play the role. Another item in HR notes that writer Jo Swerling was hired to "beef up" Oscar Homolka's part, but Swerling's participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Studio publicity releases contained in the Production Files at the AMPAS Library add that director Tay Garnett appeared as a drunken sailor in the fight sequence. This picture marked the first American film of English actress Anna Lee (1913--2004). This was the first of three pictures that paired John Wayne with Marlene ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , producer Joe Pasternak wanted Franchot Tone to play the role of "Dan" until he discovered that he could hire John Wayne to play the role. Another item in HR notes that writer Jo Swerling was hired to "beef up" Oscar Homolka's part, but Swerling's participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Studio publicity releases contained in the Production Files at the AMPAS Library add that director Tay Garnett appeared as a drunken sailor in the fight sequence. This picture marked the first American film of English actress Anna Lee (1913--2004). This was the first of three pictures that paired John Wayne with Marlene Dietrich. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Oct 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Nov 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 40
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jul 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 40
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Oct 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Oct 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
31 Oct 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Nov 40
p. 35.
New York Times
18 Nov 40
p. 23.
Variety
30 Oct 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Joe Pasternak Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Miss Dietrich's gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
Mus score
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit publicist
SOURCES
SONGS
"I've Been in Love Before," "I Fell Overboard" and "The Man's in the Navy," music and lyrics by Frederick Hollander and Frank Loesser.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 October 1940
Production Date:
early July--14 September 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
4 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10024
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
86
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6795
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bijou, a South Seas siren whose allure inspires men to violence, is deported from island to island for inciting brawls among the excited males. For the latest incident on her riotous trail, Bijou is ordered to leave on the next tramp steamer, along with her protectors, Little Ned, a Navy deserter, and Sasha, a magician with a penchant for kleptomania. On board the steamer, Bijou meets the ship's physician, Dr. Martin, who is an outcast like herself, and the two become kindred spirits. When Bijou learns that a new governor has been appointed at the ship's next port, however, she and her entourage disembark, and as she leaves the boat, she meets Navy officer Lieutenant Dan Brent. Bijou asks Tony, the proprietor of the Seven Sinners saloon, for her old singing job, and under the menacing threats of the knife throwing Antro, Tony rehires her. As Bijou and Dan fall in love, she becomes fearful of Antro's insane jealousy. Their romance scandalizes the Navy, and when Dan decides to marry Bijou, Ned and the Governor force her to realize that the marriage would ruin his career, and she decides to leave him. On the eve of Bijou's departure, Antro's jealousy erupts, causing one final brawl for which Dan is confined to his ship. The next morning, Bijou boards the tramp steamer where she is joyously greeted by her old, friend Dr. ... +


Bijou, a South Seas siren whose allure inspires men to violence, is deported from island to island for inciting brawls among the excited males. For the latest incident on her riotous trail, Bijou is ordered to leave on the next tramp steamer, along with her protectors, Little Ned, a Navy deserter, and Sasha, a magician with a penchant for kleptomania. On board the steamer, Bijou meets the ship's physician, Dr. Martin, who is an outcast like herself, and the two become kindred spirits. When Bijou learns that a new governor has been appointed at the ship's next port, however, she and her entourage disembark, and as she leaves the boat, she meets Navy officer Lieutenant Dan Brent. Bijou asks Tony, the proprietor of the Seven Sinners saloon, for her old singing job, and under the menacing threats of the knife throwing Antro, Tony rehires her. As Bijou and Dan fall in love, she becomes fearful of Antro's insane jealousy. Their romance scandalizes the Navy, and when Dan decides to marry Bijou, Ned and the Governor force her to realize that the marriage would ruin his career, and she decides to leave him. On the eve of Bijou's departure, Antro's jealousy erupts, causing one final brawl for which Dan is confined to his ship. The next morning, Bijou boards the tramp steamer where she is joyously greeted by her old, friend Dr. Martin. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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