Seven Sinners
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Directed byLewis Milestone
Screenplay byLewis Milestone
Story byLewis Milestone
Darryl F. Zanuck
Produced byHoward Hughes
StarringMarie Prevost
Clive Brook
John Patrick
Heinie Conklin
CinematographyDavid Abel
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 7, 1925 (1925-11-07) (US)
Running time
68 minutes
(7 reels)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Seven Sinners is a 1925 American black-and-white silent comedy crime film directed by Lewis Milestone and written by Milestone and Darryl F. Zanuck.[1][2] The film was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures.[3]

Although Milestone had directed short training films for the U.S. War Department in 1918 and 1919, and acted as assistant director on the 1921 William A. Seiter film The Foolish Age, this was his feature film directorial debut.[4][5][6]

Plot

Burglars Molly Brian (Marie Prevost) and Joe Hagney (John Patrick) break into the Vickers mansion on Long Island and loot the safe but are caught in the act by another crook, Jerry Winters (Clive Brook), who takes the money from them. The three are confronted by Pious Joe McDowell (Claude Gillingwater) and his wife Mamie (Mathilde Brundage), also crooks, but who assert themselves as friends of the Vickers family. Molly, Joe, and Jerry introduce themselves in turn as Vickers' household servants. A doctor (Dan Mason) arrives with his patient (Heinie Conklin) and quarantines the house. Unknown to the first five, the Doctor and patient are also crooks who use the ruse of a "quarantine" as part of their own methodology. During the brief quarantine, Molly ends up falling in love with Jerry and the two pledge to go straight. When the police (Fred Kelsey) finally arrive, Pious Joe takes responsibility for the robbery so that Molly and Jerry can escape.

Cast

Contemporary reception

The New York Times wrote the idea "has been worked out in an interesting fashion, with disappointing penitence as a closing touch," and that "picture is quite diverting, and it would have been even better if the humor were lighter in some sequences and if a touch of satire had been included at the finish."[7]

Legacy

Preservation status

The film was presumed lost when Jack Warner destroyed many of its negatives in December 1948 due to nitrate decomposition of pre-1933 films, but an announcement was made in May 2015 of its rediscovery in Queensland, Australia.[8][9]

Seven Sinners was preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2017.[10] The restored version of Seven Sinners was shown in Queensland, Australia, on February 19, 2017.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Langman, Larry (2000). Destination Hollywood: The Influence of Europeans on American Filmmaking. McFarland. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-7864-0681-4. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Seven Sinners (1925)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  3. ^ Stars of the Silver Screen: Extracts from The Movie. Bloomsbury Books. December 1, 1984. ISBN 978-0-906223-66-6. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Joseph R. Millichap (1981). Lewis Milestone. Twayne's filmmakers series. Twayne Publishers. p. 190. ISBN 0-8057-9281-3.
  5. ^ "Lewis Milestone Profile". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  6. ^ Janiss Garza. "Seven Siners (1926)". Allmovie. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Mordaunt Hall (December 8, 1925). "Crooks in a Dilemma". The New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Sally Browne "Seven Sinners, lost first film by Lewis Milestone, unearthed in Queensland", Courier-Mail, May 5, 2015
  9. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Seven Sinners
  10. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
  11. ^ Seven Sinners 1925 Ages 12+ | Free