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Seventh Heaven Details


In 1927, Janet Gaynor won the first Academy Award for Best Actress with her performance in this film, among the most celebrated romances of the late silent era. Chico (Charles Farrell) 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 (Gaynor), 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. In addition to Gaynor's Oscar, Seventh Heaven earned statuettes for director Frank Borzage and screenwriter Benjamin F. Glazer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 25, 1937


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Oliver Best Art Direction 1927 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Benjamin Glazer Best Adapted Screenplay 1927 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Borzage Best Director 1927 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet Gaynor Best Actress 1927 Winner


Janet Gaynor
as Diane
Charles Farrell
as Chico
Ben Bard
as Col. Brissac
David Butler
as Gobin
Albert Gran
as Papa Boul
Gladys Brockwell
as Nana
Emile Chautard
as Pere Chevillon
George E. Stone
as Sewer Rat
Brandon Hurst
as Uncle George
Lillian West
as Arlette
Henry Armetta


Frank Borzage
William Fox
Benjamin Glazer
Benjamin Glazer
Play Author
Austin Strong
Joseph A. Valentine
Ernest Palmer
Lew Pollack
Lew Pollack
Composer (Music Score)
Erno Rapee
Composer (Music Score)
Erno Rapee
Katherine Hilliker
Harry Oliver
Production Designer
Harry Oliver
Set Designer
Lew Borzage
First Assistant Director
Katherine Hilliker
Intertitle Writer