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Seven Sinners (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
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Banished from various U.S. protectorates in the Pacific, a saloon entertainer uses her femme-fatale charms to woo politicians, navy personnel, gangsters, riff-raff, judges and a ship's doctor in order to achieve her aims.

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Tay Garnett

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John Meehan (screen play), Harry Tugend (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Bijou
John Wayne ... Dan
Albert Dekker ... Dr. Martin
Broderick Crawford ... Little Ned
Anna Lee ... Dorothy
Mischa Auer ... Sasha
Billy Gilbert ... Tony
Richard Carle ... District Officer
Samuel S. Hinds ... Governor
Oskar Homolka ... Antro (as Oscar Homolka)
Reginald Denny ... Captain Church
Vince Barnett ... Bartender
Herbert Rawlinson ... First Mate
James Craig ... Ensign
William Bakewell ... Ensign
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Storyline

Bijou, a saloon singer with a reputation for inciting brouhahas, is one of several deportees from a south Pacific island to arrive at another U.S. protectorate, Boni Komba. She becomes very popular with U.S. navy men by performing at the 'Seven Sinners'. A navy Lieutenant is attracted to Bijou despite the Governor's machinations to keep them apart, and the competing affections of local mobster, Antro. Will the Lieutenant give up the navy for Bijou, and will he survive Antro's forces? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

OUT-LOVING...OUT-FIGHTING Anything On The Screen! (1953 reissue poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Haus der sieben Sünden See more »

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Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Per The New Yorker (11.27.17), Winston Churchill watched this movie and pronounced Marlene Dietrich "very alluring" the night before British battleships attacked and sank the Bismark. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Dan Brent: Imagine finding you here.
Bijou: I'm the type of girl you're liable to find anywhere.
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Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played at the party on ship
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Lots Of Big Names, But Just A 'Fair' Story
22 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a fair adventure story with some eccentric characters. For example:

Albert Dekker as "Dr. Martin, the musician; Broderick Crawford as "'Litle Ned' Finnegan," Marlene Dietrich's punch-happy protector, and Dietrich as 'Bijou Blanche," a cabaret singer bouncing from place to place.

Dietrich loved to play Cabaret singers and "Bijou Blanche" is a great name for her. She didn't look pretty in here, more grotesque with the super-thin eyebrows and tons of lipstick. She was definitely unappealing....and I like her, normally. Her "makeup" sins, if nothing else, made me dump this VHS.

Of note, John Wayne, Anna Lee, Mischa Auer, Billy Gilbert, Richard Carlson, Oscar Homolka, Reginald Denny and James Craig are all familiar names that add to the cast. Yet despite all the impressive names, I don't think it was that great. I wouldn't watch it again.


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