Seventh Heaven (aka 7th Heaven): Borzage’s Silent Romantic Melodrama, Starring Janet Gaynor in Oscar-Winning Performance

Directed by Frank Borzage and written by H.H.Caldwell (titles) and Benjamin Glazer, “Seventh Heaven” (aka “7th Heaven”) is a silent romantic melodrama, starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, who became a popular onscreen team for almost a decade.

Gaynor won the first Oscar as Diane, mistreated Paris waif redeemed and revived by cocky sewer-worker Chico Farrell. His performance weakens film, as does terrible war subplot. In 1927, Gaynor won the Oscar for two other films: “Sunrise” and Street Angel.

The film is outdated, but at the time was very popular with audiences.

Cedited cast:

Janet Gaynor …. Diane Charles Farrell (I)…. Chico Ben Bard …. Colonel Brissac Albert Gran …. Boul David Butler (I) …. Gobin Marie Mosquini …. Madame Gobin Gladys Brockwell …. Nana Emile Chautard (I) …. Father Chevillon Jessie Haslett …. Aunt Valentine Brandon Hurst …. Uncle George George E. Stone (I)…. Sewer Rat Lillian West …. Arlette

Also Known As: 7th Heaven (1927) Runtime: USA: 110 Country: USA Color: Black and White Sound Mix: Silent

Produced by William Fox (I) Original music by Lew Pollack, Erno Rapee Cinematography by Ernest Palmer, Joseph A. Valentine Film Editing by H.H. Caldwell, Katherine Hilliker Art Direction, Harry Oliver Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Lew Borzage, assistant director

Oscar Alert

Oscar nominations: 5

Picture, produced by William Fox Actress: Janet Gaynor Director (Drama): Frank Borzage Writing (Adapted): Benjamin Glazer Art Direction: Harry Oliver Oscar awards: 3

Actress Director Writing

History Alert

The film was remade in 1937.

Awards Alert

National Film Preservation Board, USA, 1995 inductee Photoplay Awards, 1927 Medal of Honor, William Fox