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::1940 - Seven Sinners (Cafe of the Seven Sinners) / Das Haus der sieben Sünden



USA 1940
Universal
black & white

Synopsis:
Bijou, a South Seas siren whose allure inspires men to violence, is deported from island to island for inciting brawls among the excited males. For the latest incident on her riotous trail, Bijou is ordered to leave on the next tramp steamer, along with her protectors, Little Ned, a Navy deserter, and Sasha, a magician with a penchant for kleptomania. On board the steamer, Bijou meets the ship's physician, Dr. Martin, who is an outcast like herself, and the two become kindred spirits. When Bijou learns that a new governor has been appointed at the ship's next port, however, she and her entourage disembark, and as she leaves the boat, she meets Navy officer Lieutenant Dan Brent. Bijou asks Tony, the proprietor of the Seven Sinners saloon, for her old singing job, and under the menacing threats of the knife throwing Antro, Tony rehires her. As Bijou and Dan fall in love, she becomes fearful of Antro's insane jealousy. Their romance scandalizes the Navy, and when Dan decides to marry Bijou, Ned and the Governor force her to realize that the marriage would ruin his career, and she decides to leave him. On the eve of Bijou's departure, Antro's jealousy erupts, causing one final brawl for which Dan is confined to his ship. The next morning, Bijou boards the tramp steamer where she is joyously greeted by her old, friend Dr. Martin.

Cast:
Marlene Dietrich (Bijou Blanche)
John Wayne (Lt. Dan Brent)
Albert Dekker (Dr. Martin)
Broderick Crawford (Edward Patrick 'Little Ned' Finnegan)
Anna Lee (Dorothy Henderson)
Mischa Auer (Sasha Mencken)
Billy Gilbert (Tony)
Richard Carle (District Officer)
Samuel S. Hinds (Gov. Harvey Henderson)
Oskar Homolka (Antro)
Reginald Denny (Capt. Church)
Vince Barnett (Bartender)
Herbert Rawlinson (First Mate)
James Craig (Ensign)
William Bakewell (Ens. Judson)
Antonio Moreno (Rubio)
Russell Hicks (First Governor)
William B. Davidson (Police Chief)
Eric Alden (Sailor)
Danny Beck (Orchestra Leader)
Ted Billings (Saloon / Courtroom Spectator)
Ralph Brooks (Ensign)
Mamo Clark (Native Girl at Antro's Table)
Helen Dickson (Party Guest)
Jay Eaton (Nightclub Patron)
Edgar Edwards (Ensign)
Virginia Engels (Minor Role)
Willie Fung (Charlie, Shopkeeper)
Tay Garnett (Drunken Sailor, Fight Sequence)
Frank Hagney (Junior', Antros Henchman)
Michael Harvey (Ensign)
Al Hill (Sailor)
Mary Ann Hyde (Minor Role)
Soledad Jiménez (Bijou's Maid)
Noble Johnson (Irate Russian)
Mike Lally (Henchman at Antro's Table)
Perc Launders (Naval Officer at Shipboard Dance)
Larry Lawson (Chief Officer)
Kay Leslie (Sailor's Girl)
Claire Meade (Minor Role)
Harry Payne (Second Mate)
Rolfe Sedan (Henchman)
Tom Seidel (Ens. James Scott)
Evelyn Selbie (Fortune Teller)
Harry Semels (Antro's Henchman)
Harry Seymour (Piano Player)
John Sheehan (Drunk)
Charles Stafford (Ensign)
Peter Sullivan (Ensign)
Frank Swann (Ensign)
Nanette Vallon (First Maid)
Ellinor Vanderveer (Party Guest)
Roquell Verria (Native Girl at Antro's Table)
Henry Victor (Dutch Police Officer)
Leslie Vincent (Ensign)
Ward Wing (Sailor)
William Yetter Sr. (Dutch Police Officer)

Crew:
Tay Garnett (director)
John Meehan and Harry Tugend (screenplay)
Ladislas Fodor and László Vadnay (original story)
Joe Pasternak (producer)
Hans J. Salter (original music)
Frank Skinner (original music)
Rudolph Maté (director of photography)
Ted J. Kent (film editor)
Jack Otterson (art direction)
Russell A. Gausman (set decoration)
Phil Karlson (assistant director second unit)
Martin Obzina (associate art director)
Bernard B. Brown (sound supervisor)
Robert Pritchard (sound technician)
James Fawcett (stunts)
Fred Graham (stunts)
Eddie Parker (stunts)
Harvey Parry (stunts)
Gil Perkins (stunts)
Bob Rose (stunts)
David Sharpe (stunts)
Tom Steele (stunts)
Ken Terrell (stunts)
Bud Wolfe (stunts)
Irene (gowns: Miss Dietrich)
Eugene Joseff (costume jeweller)
Vera West (costumer)
Charles Previn (musical director)
Alanson Edwards (unit publicist)
I.C. Johnson (technical advisor)

Songs:
«I’ve Been in Love Before», «The Man’s in the Navy», «I Fell Overboard» (not used) by Frederick Hollander (Music)
and Frank Loesser (Lyrics)
«I Can’t Give You Anything But Love» by Jimmy McHugh (Music) and Dorothy Field (Lyrics)

Length:
86 Minutes

Production:
Early July - 14 September 1940

Premiere:
16 November 1940, Rivoli Theatre, New York