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Seven Faces
Director: Berthold Viertel (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Dec 1929
Premiere Information:   New York premiere: 15 Nov 1929
Duration (in mins):   78
Duration (in feet):   7,750
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Paul Muni (Papa Chibou/Diablero, the hypnotist/Willie Smith, the costermonger/Franz Schubert/Don Juan/Joe Gans, the prizefighter/Napoleon)  
    Marguerite Churchill (Hélène Berthelot)  
    Lester Lonergan (Judge Berthelot)  
    Russell Gleason (Georges Dufeyel)  
    Gustav von Seyffertitz (Monsieur Pratouchy)  
    Eugenie Besserer (Madame Vallon)  
    Walter Rogers (Henri Vallon)  
    Walka Stenermann (Catherine of Russia [waxworks])  

Summary: At a waxworks in Paris, youthful lovers Georges, an attorney, and Hélène meet secretly; but Hélène's father, Judge Berthelot, discovers their love and sends Hélène away. When the museum changes ownership and the wax figures are auctioned, Papa Chibou, the caretaker, not having the money to buy the effigy of Napoleon, tries to steal it but is arrested and brought to trial; when Hélène learns of his predicament, she seeks his advice; he then dreams that his various beloved figures come to life, and he questions them about love. Facing her father in court, Hélène and Georges plead successfully for Papa Chibou, causing sentence to be suspended and enough money to be raised to permit him to buy the effigy; and as a result the judge is reconciled to the union of the young lovers. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Berthold Viertel (Dir)
  J. Edmund Grainger (Asst dir)
  Lester Lonergan (Dial dir)
Producer: William Fox (Pres)
  George Middleton (Assoc prod)
Writer: Dana Burnet (Scen)
  Dana Burnet (Dial)
Photography: Joseph August (Dir of photog)
  Al Brick (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Edwin Robbins (Film ed)
Set Decoration: William S. Darling (Settings)
Costumes: Sophie Wachner (Cost)
Sound: Donald Flick (Sd)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the short story "A Friend of Napoleon" by Richard Connell in The Saturday Evening Post (30 Jun 1923).
Authors: Richard Connell

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp. 23/10/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP849

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone

Genre: Drama
Subjects (Major): Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796
  Street vendors
  Don Juan (Legendary character)
  Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
  Paris (France)
  Franz Schubert


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   17 Nov 1929.   
New York Times   16 Nov 1929   p. 25.
Variety   20 Nov 1929   p. 12.

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