7th Heaven (1927)

115 mins | Romance | 30 October 1927

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writer:

Cinematographers:

Ernest Palmer, J. A. Valentine

Editor:

Barney Wolf

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

A prologue on title cards introduces the story: "For those who will climb it, there is a ladder leading from the depths to the heights--from the sewer to the stars--the ladder of Courage," and "In the slums of Paris--under a street known as The Hole in the Sock---"
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1927 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD.
       Another adaptation of Austin Strong's play was made by Fox in 1937. Entitled Seventh Heaven, that film was directed by Henry King and starred James Stewart and Simone Simon.
       Janet Gaynor won the first Best Actress Academy Award for her work on this film, as well as for her work on Sunrise and Street Angel (see entries). Frank Borzage won for Best Directing (Dramatic Picture), and Benjamin Glazer won Best Writing (Adaptation). The film also received certificates of honorable mention for art direction (Harry Oliver) and outstanding ... More Less

A prologue on title cards introduces the story: "For those who will climb it, there is a ladder leading from the depths to the heights--from the sewer to the stars--the ladder of Courage," and "In the slums of Paris--under a street known as The Hole in the Sock---"
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1927 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD.
       Another adaptation of Austin Strong's play was made by Fox in 1937. Entitled Seventh Heaven, that film was directed by Henry King and starred James Stewart and Simone Simon.
       Janet Gaynor won the first Best Actress Academy Award for her work on this film, as well as for her work on Sunrise and Street Angel (see entries). Frank Borzage won for Best Directing (Dramatic Picture), and Benjamin Glazer won Best Writing (Adaptation). The film also received certificates of honorable mention for art direction (Harry Oliver) and outstanding picture. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
29 May 1929
p.6.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8.
Moving Picture World
28 May 1927
p. 288.
New York Times
26 May 1927
p. 22.
Photoplay
Jul 1927
p. 54.
Variety
11 May 1927
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
William Fox Presents
Frank Borzage Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Settings
COSTUMES
Cost des
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Seventh Heaven by Austin Strong, as produced and directed by John Golden (New York, 30 Dec 1922).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Seventh Heaven
Release Date:
30 October 1927
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 6 May 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 June 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24098
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Reduced to 9 reels, 8,500 ft.
Duration(in mins):
115
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Chico, a Paris sewer worker, desiring to be elevated to the position of street cleaner, burns prayer candles in the hope that God will give him another chance; he becomes embittered when his prayer for a blonde wife evokes no response. He rescues Diane, who has been victimized by her unscrupulous sister, Nana; and when denounced, Diane is saved from the police by Chico's claim that she is his wife. Their love is finally realized just as war breaks out, but their marriage is interrupted by the call to arms. Diane braves the war as a munitions worker and following the Armistice receives word that Chico is dead. He returns, however, though blinded, to restore the girl's faith and ... +


Chico, a Paris sewer worker, desiring to be elevated to the position of street cleaner, burns prayer candles in the hope that God will give him another chance; he becomes embittered when his prayer for a blonde wife evokes no response. He rescues Diane, who has been victimized by her unscrupulous sister, Nana; and when denounced, Diane is saved from the police by Chico's claim that she is his wife. Their love is finally realized just as war breaks out, but their marriage is interrupted by the call to arms. Diane braves the war as a munitions worker and following the Armistice receives word that Chico is dead. He returns, however, though blinded, to restore the girl's faith and love. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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