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Seven Sinners [DVD] [1936]

3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Edmund Lowe, Constance Cummings, Thomy Bourdelle, Henry Oscar, Felix Aylmer
  • Directors: Albert de Courville
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KAIVRW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,878 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comedy thriller starring Edmund Lowe and Constance Cummings as two Americans - a private detective and an insurance investigator - who become involved in a string of elaborate killings across Europe in which the killer appears to be deliberately staging train crashes in order to cover up his crimes.

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An American private eye investigates a European crime wave.

With his female assistant in tow the wisecracking private eye follows a trail of corpses around Europe, confronting a sinister criminal network which will stop at nothing, causing a huge train crash to cover their crimes.

An adaptation of Arnold Ridley’s story ‘The Wrecker’.

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The well written dialogue combined with those excellent two leading actors: Edmund Lowe and Constance Cummings, make this one of my most watched 1930’s films; a humorous thriller blending classic elements of farce. Also, the quality of the DVD is excellent.
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1936's British comedy-thriller Seven Sinners aka Doomed Cargo plays like the missing link between The Thin Man and The Lady Vanishes. There's certainly more than a touch of the Nick and Noras about Edmund Lowe and Constance Cummings as the two bantering investigators caught up in the hunt for a madman with a penchant for staging train crashes on both sides of the English Channel to hide his murders ("Who'd look for a single leaf in a forest?"), and despite the American leads there's more than a hint of Hitchcock to come in Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat's screenplay (with additional input from Austin Melford and the wondrously named L. du Garde Peach). Adapted from a play by Arnold Ridley, author of The Ghost Train but better known today as Godfrey from Dad's Army, and Bernard Merivale, it had already been filmed before as 1929's silent The Wrecker, which staged a real train crash for its big setpiece, outtakes from which feature in this version as well. Moving along at a brisk 67 minutes and directed with polish by the forgotten Albert de Courville, it may lack star power for modern audiences, but it's an enjoyable diversion that doesn't take itself too seriously and throws in a sly Maguffin involving a peace movement. One small caveat: there only seem to be six sinners - unless you count the hero and heroine, which would make eight.

No extras but a decent transfer once you get past the rather soft opening reel.
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Launder and Gilliat's script is undoubtedly witty at times in this thinly-veiled 'homage' to (or near copy of) of The 39 Steps. Just about snappy enough to be a British screwball but with Americans bought in to bolster its box-office prospects. Edmund Lowe and Constance Cummings generally convincing of the type, despite coming out of the second drawer, with some neat sideswipes at British bumbling - Constance rather charming in the Madeleine Carroll role, Edmund not up to the peerless Donat, of course. Some amusing risky business and all in all not a bad way to spend 71 minutes or thereabouts. Not quite sure it all adds up at the end. The effects are actually better than some of Hitch's model work. It nicks the 'smoking' revelation of the villain as well.
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A bit plodding. Found it mundane but had some highlights. It's not on my 'must watch again' 'classic films' list.
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HASH(0x9c480c84) out of 5 stars A Little British Gem 4 April 2010
By Bobby Underwood - Published on Amazon.com
"We want to get married--the children insisted on it."

This shockingly little known and unfairly neglected British film from the same screenwriters as Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes offers just as much fun as the aforementioned. Finding a little gem like this one is why film buffs keep looking through rare video catalogs and scouring secondhand stores; for that golden moment you discover a gemstone of such exceptional quality it makes it worth the effort. Seven Sinners is such a film.

Edmund Lowe and Constance Cummings are delightful fun as a Pinkerton detective on holiday and a lovely insurance investigator who find themselves caught up with international saboteurs at Carnival in Nice. Harwood (Lowe) is having great fun on vacation when he discovers a dead man in the hotel room next to his. Beautiful insurance gal Caryl Fenton (Cummings) hooks up with the partying detective around this time on another matter which takes a back seat when Harwood can't get anyone to believe him when the body in question disappears!

There is some sparkling banter and wit exchanged between Harwood and the lovely Caryl as he attempts to discover who the man was. When the Paris Express is wrecked, taking dozens of lives, the fun takes a serious turn. Harwood discovers the man's body in the wreckage, suspecting all this was done to cover up one murder. The couple must use clues in a picture to track those from an organization known as The Pilgrims of Peace and soon the hunters become the hunted.

Lowe is excellent and Constance Cummings fabulous as they race along after clues and sparks fly between them. It has a charming feel found in many of Hitchcock's best during his British period. Albert De Courville's direction juggles romance and danger perfectly while the photography of M. Greenbrum gives the film a touch of class. This is a region 2 DVD so a region-free player is required if not in that region. It is available in NTSC format vhs, however. Do not be confused by the titles in parenthesis; Doomed Cargo and The Wrecker are alternate titles used for this little gem. There is a marvelous ending which every film lover will adore, making this a real favorite. A terrific find!
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HASH(0x9cad08a0) out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the title-this film is fun! 14 Sept. 2014
By FeliciaHM - Published on Amazon.com
Nice British film from the '30's. Constance Cummings started on Broadway and then went to Hollywood, but married Benn Levy, a political active British writer-director, and moved to Britain where she worked both on stage and in British cinema. Her timing and delivery are marvelous and Edmund Lowe works wonderfully with her. The off-screen lives of both leads are not dull.

I am a docent at a train museum, so the three trains wrecks were very well done for the special effects of the time. For a comedy/mystery, they handled the after effects of the first crash very well. I appreciate that if you are paying attention, they play fair with the audience and you will know who the most infamous of the guilty parties is before the detectives realize it. Such a small detail.
HASH(0x9c8acfa8) out of 5 stars Off The Rails... 1 Oct. 2014
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
A man named Harwood (Edmund Lowe) discovers a dead man in his room, only to have the body disappear. Hours later, after surviving a train wreck, Harwood finds the same dead man in the wreckage! Joined by a female companion (Constance Cummings), he sets out to solve this mystery. This becomes an increasingly dangerous endeavor, as someone is out to kill them! SEVEN SINNERS is a humorous thriller w/ great detective story elements. Lowe and Cummings have excellent chemistry in their roles. A fun movie...
HASH(0x9c7bb51c) out of 5 stars The 39 Steps Light 26 Dec. 2012
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with this film, its production, wit, style or performance. On the other hand, it makes about as much sense as The 39 Steps, which isn't much. The Hitchcock project has more polish. Edmund Lowe in the male lead is fine and Constance Cummings does good work as well. They do not however connect as Donat and Carroll do. For films buffs, a must see. All others, mood dependent.
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HASH(0x9c654f78) out of 5 stars Seven Sinners (1936) 30 Nov. 1999
By Steve Hilby - Published on Amazon.com
A smart-alec PI and an insurance investigator look into a series of train wrecks and disappearing corpses. Clever dialog, likeable stars.
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