Seventh Heaven

The 1937 film Seventh Heaven starred James Stewart and Simone Simon and was a remake of the 1927 silent movie of the same name. The 1927 version starred Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell and was directed by Frank Borzage. That film earned Gaynor and Borzage Academy Awards for Best Actress and Director. It was adapted to the big screen from Austin Strong's 1922 play (also named Seventh Heaven) by Benjamin F. Glazer, who won the 1927 Oscar for his screenplay.

Plot of Seventh Heaven:
Chico (James Stewart) is a poor sewer worker who has only two dreams in life: to be promoted to sweeping streets and to find a woman who will be his wife. While he prays for guidance and blessings, he continues to work in the filth beneath the Parisian streets. However, one day he meets Diane (Simone Simon), a beautiful woman who has been handed many hardships in life and is being chased by the police for a petty crime. Chico helps her hide from the cops, and soon the two have fallen in love. Despite their poverty, they give each other a reason to go on, and they happily marry. But their bliss is shattered when Chico is called to fight in World War I; Diane lives for the day he returns, and when she's told that Chico was killed in battle, her world collapses and she renounces her faith in God. However, while Chico was severely injured on the battlefield and is now blind, he did not die, and now he must find his way back to the woman he loves.

Original Movie Poster

Simone Simon and James Stewart

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