Seventh Sin

The Seventh Sin

Director: Ronald Neame, Eleanor Parker, Bill Travers, George Sanders

Cast: Ronald Neame, Eleanor Parker, Bill Travers, George Sanders

     
 
A remake of The Painted Veil (which was itself based upon a novel by W. Somerset Maugham), The Seventh Sin stars Eleanor Parker as Carol Carwin, a cold, self-centered woman married to a caring, dedicated doctor (played by Bill Travers). Ignorant of what a fine man she is married to and eager for excitement, Carol has been having an affair with the more

Overview

A remake of The Painted Veil (which was itself based upon a novel by W. Somerset Maugham), The Seventh Sin stars Eleanor Parker as Carol Carwin, a cold, self-centered woman married to a caring, dedicated doctor (played by Bill Travers). Ignorant of what a fine man she is married to and eager for excitement, Carol has been having an affair with the more sensually appealing Paul Duvelle (Jean-Pierre Aumont). Dr. Carwin, about to leave on an expedition to Hong Kong to fight a terrible outbreak of cholera, confronts his wife about her infidelity. He gives her an ultimatum: she can either accompany him on his mission of mercy, or he will divorce her in a very public, very messy manner that will leave her a social outcast. Given this choice -- and given the fact that Duvelle would be appalled at the idea of such a scandal -- she goes with her husband. She is bored and angry in Hong Kong, amused only when in the company of the cynical Tim Waddington (George Sanders). Gradually, however, she comes to value her husband and her heart genuinely goes out to the victims of the epidemic, especially the children.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Eleanor Parker is so beautiful in The Seventh Sin that it sometimes takes the breath away. Parker may not have the charismatic allure and indefinable spark of Greta Garbo, who played this same role in The Painted Veil, but as a sheer study of cinematic beauty, she comes close to being a match. Watching her go through her paces in Sin, one is struck again by the fact that certain individuals have a physical presence that was made for the moving camera. Parker's performance is also quite good, for the woman was actually quite an actress, even if she never achieved the heights of stardom her looks and talent indicate she could. But Parker can't save Sin, a tedious, overwrought and often annoying melodrama that meanders along its rather boring way without making any of the impact it wants to. Not even George Sanders' excellent, wry supporting performance can make this script come to much more than an imitation of life. And Bill Travers' wooden performance is a serious detriment, as is Ronald Neame's by-the-numbers direction. Jean-Pierre Aumont is adequate as Parker's lover, and the film has a nice look. But it's simply too sluggish.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2016
UPC:
0888574389666
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
30,078

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Seventh Sin
1. Chapter 1 [8:01]
2. Chapter 2 [7:06]
3. Chapter 3 [9:17]
4. Chapter 4 [9:25]
5. Chapter 5 [7:20]
6. Chapter 6 [7:33]
7. Chapter 7 [8:58]
8. Chapter 8 [7:51]
9. Chapter 9 [9:13]
10. Chapter 10 [8:22]
11. Chapter 11 [6:24]
12. Chapter 12 [3:41]
13. Chapter 13 [:07]

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