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  Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.
Photograph: Photofest; courtesy The San Francisco
Silent Film Festival
7th Heaven
Also known as {Seventh Heaven}
(1927) American
B&W : Twelve reels
Directed by Frank Borzage

Cast: Janet Gaynor [Diane], Charles Farrell [Chico], Ben Bard [Colonel Brissac], David Butler [Gobin], Marie Mosquini [Madame Gobin], Albert Gran [Boul], Gladys Brockwell [Nana], Emile Chautard [Père Chevillon], George Stone [the sewer rat], Jessie Haslett [Aunt Valentine], Brandon Hurst [Uncle George], Lillian West [Arlette]

Fox Film Corporation production; distributed by Fox Film Corporation. / Executive producer, William Fox. Scenario by Benjamin Glazer, from the [?] play adaptation? Seventh Heaven by John Golden of the play Seventh Heaven by Austin Strong. Set design by Harry Oliver. Assistant director, Lew Borzage. Cinematography by Ernest Palmer. Interntitles by Katherine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell. Edited by Katherine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell. Music by Erno Rapee. Presented by William Fox. / © 19 June 1927 by Fox Film Corporation [LP24098]. Premiered 6 May 1927 in Los Angeles, California. General release, 30 October 1927. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system. / The film was also released in the USA in a silent version in nine reels (at 8500 feet) by Fox Film Corporation in 1927. Academy Award® winner for Direction [Dramatic], Actress (Gaynor) for her work in 7th Heaven, with Sunrise (1927) and Street Angel (1928), and Writing [Adaptation]. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.

Drama: Romance.

Survival status: Print exists in the Cinémathèque française film archive.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Early sound film - Families: Sister-sister relationships - France: Paris - Religion - War: World War I

Listing updated: 18 May 2010.

References: Drew-Speaking pp. 2, 24, 237-238; Everson-American pp. 11, 207, 208, 283, 310t, 327; Gallagher-Ford pp. 48, 49; Higashi-Virgins pp. 81-82, 84; Kerr-Silent pp. 8, 31; Leish-Cinema p. 53; Limbacher-Feature p. 218; Maltin-Guide pp. 1128, 1225, 1238; Parish-Glamour p. 47; Ryall-Blackmail p. 12; Sato-Currents p. 32; Shipman-Cinema pp. 97, 98; Sweeney-Coming pp. 106, 108; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 14, 153, 179, 192 : Cinemonkey-16 p. 38; ClasIm-220 p. 40 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

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