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.
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.