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Seven Sweethearts (1942)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 14 October 1943 (Mexico)
Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter Henry Taggart takes a room at an inn ran by an eccentric old Dutchman, Mr. Van Maaster and his seven daughters. The eldest, ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Walter Reisch (original screenplay), Leo Townsend (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Grayson ... Billie Van Maaster
Marsha Hunt ... Regina 'Reggie' Van Maaster
Cecilia Parker ... Victor Van Maaster
Peggy Moran ... Albert 'Al' Van Maaster
Dorothy Morris ... Peter Van Maaster
Frances Rafferty ... George Van Maaster
Frances Raeburn ... Cornelius Van Maaster
Van Heflin ... Henry Taggart
Carl Esmond ... Carl Randall
Michael Butler Michael Butler ... Bernard Groton, Peter's Beau
Cliff Danielson Cliff Danielson ... Martin Leyden, Victor's Beau
William Roberts ... Anthony Vreeland, Cornelius' Beau
James Warren ... Theodore Vaney, Albert's Beau
Dick Simmons ... Paul Brandt, George's Beau
S.Z. Sakall ... Mr. Van Maaster, the Father
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Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter Henry Taggart takes a room at an inn ran by an eccentric old Dutchman, Mr. Van Maaster and his seven daughters. The eldest, Regina, is spoiled and stage-struck while Billie, Victor, Albert, Cornelius, Peter and George work there as boys. Henry, momentarily attracted to Regina, realizes he is in love with Billie when he hears her sing. Billie, resists his attentions, believing him the property of Regina since it is a Van Maaster family tradition that no girls in the family can marry until the eldest has. Billie admits her love for Henry but Regina will not relent. The old man trails Regine to New York where she says she has eloped, and asks that Billie marry Henry. Six couples in wedding clothes stand at the altar in the Little Delft church; Billie and Henry and the five other sisters with their intended. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's A SWEETHEART Of A Picture! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of Seven Tulips See more »

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Budget:

$752,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Ann Rutherford was originally cast as Albert but she came down with the measles just before filming started. With nearly every other MGM starlet already employed as one of the 'seven sweethearts,' producer Joe Pasternak was forced to borrow Peggy Moran from Universal. See more »

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When Billie is singing to Henry, two white doves land on the windowsill. When they fly away, a string can be seen pulling on the leg of the dove on the left. See more »

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Remake of The Seven Sisters (1915) See more »

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Tulip Time
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics Ralph Freed
Played during the opening credits and sung by an offscreen chorus
Reprised at the tulip festival and danced by a chorus
Sung by Kathryn Grayson
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Cute obscure old movie
20 February 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Reporter Van Heflin travels to a small town to write about their annual tulip festival, but as soon as he gets there, he's greeted with nothing but strangeness from the town's residents. First, the head honcho, S.Z. Sakall, sits in the middle of the square and plays the oboe, the local hotel is full of colorful characters, and S.Z's seven daughters all have boys' names!

Since all seven daughters are beautiful, Van has a difficult choice on his hands. The oldest, Marsha Hunt, and the youngest, Kathryn Grayson, are the highest contenders for his affections, and it isn't long before the audience finds out the reason for Marsha's heavy come-on. According to tradition, the oldest daughter has to get married before any of the others can-and S.Z.'s very old fashioned!

Most people probably aren't going to choose to sit down and watch this obscure old movie, but for the few of you out there who remember Kathryn Grayson and love listening to her beautiful voice, she's given plenty of songs to show it off. Her beautiful coloratura soprano voice shines, but if you don't like opera singing, this movie will probably drive you up the wall.

I'm the first to admit I don't usually like Van Heflin, and I usually get him confused with Van Johnson and Arthur Kennedy, but in this movie he's actually a lot more likable than he usually is! I've never seen him in a romantic comedy before, and when he smiles and jokes around, he doesn't seem as grumpy as he normally does. Kathryn is also very sweet and likable, so once again, if you're looking for a film of hers to watch-she didn't make too many unfortunately-you could do a lot worse than Seven Sweethearts.

One more compliment for this light-hearted B movie: S.Z. Sakall, usually cast as a laughable foreigner, was given the opportunity to actually act in this movie, and he did a very good job. As a father terribly attached to his daughters, when he learns they're considering marrying and leaving him, he gets very hurt. If you watch this movie, you'll find out how effective his pouts can be.


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