7th Heaven (1927 film)
|Directed by||Frank Borzage|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Benjamin Glazer
Austin Strong (play)
Joseph A. Valentine
|Edited by||H.H. Caldwell
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|Box office||$1.75 million|
7th Heaven (1927) is a silent film and one of the first films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture (then called "Outstanding Picture"). The film was written by H.H. Caldwell (titles), Benjamin Glazer, Katherine Hilliker (titles) and Austin Strong (play), and directed by Frank Borzage.
The movie is a romance starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Gaynor won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Borzage won for Best Director and Glazer won for Best Writing, Adaptation.
7th Heaven is the 13th highest grossing silent film in cinema history, taking in more than $2.5 million at the box office in 1927.
7th Heaven was based on the Broadway play of the same name, a 1922 production that ran at Booth Theatre from October 30, 1922 to July 1924 for a total of 704 performances. The leads were played by George Gaul ("Chico") and Helen Menken ("Diane"). Also in the cast of the play was Frank Morgan.
- Janet Gaynor ... Diane
- Charles Farrell ... Chico
- Ben Bard ... Col. Brissac
- Albert Gran ... Boul
- David Butler ... Gobin
- Marie Mosquini ... Madame Gobin
- Gladys Brockwell ... Nana
- Emile Chautard ... Father Chevillon
- Jessie Haslett ... Aunt Valentine
- Brandon Hurst ... Uncle George
- George E. Stone ... Sewer Rat
- Lillian West ... Arlette
The poster for 7th Heaven is displayed on the wall of the student Watanabe's lodgings in the oldest surviving film by the Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, Days of Youth: A Student Romance (Gakusei Romansu: Wakaki Hi) (1929).
1937 US remake
1937 Chinese remake
Chinese writer-director Yuan Muzhi loosely based the plot of his 1937 film Street Angel on 7th Heaven, though it shares a title with a different Frank Borzage film, the 1928 release Street Angel. Yuan's film, a tragicomedy, portrays the lives of the underclass in Shanghai, including two lovers, a returning soldier and his fiance, a singing girl played by then-little-known Zhou Xuan. Zhou herself was from a very poor background and in her youth had narrowly escaped a future in the sex trade, but she became one of China's iconic seven great singing stars on the strength of her performance, and the film became one of the last great hits of the First Golden Age of Chinese Cinema before the 1937 Japanese invasion of China. It remains one of the most acclaimed Chinese language films ever made, appearing at number 11 in a 2005 centennial list by the Hong Kong Film Awards, immediately below Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
- "Which Cinema Films Have Earned the Most Money Since 1914?". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Victoria: National Library of Australia). 4 March 1944. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- Seventh Heaven, 1922 Broadway production, Booth Theatre; IBDb.com database
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