Seven SinnersÂ (1936 film)
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Seven SinnersÂ is a 1936 BritishÂ thriller filmdirected byÂ Albert de CourvilleÂ and starringÂ Edmund Lowe,Â Constance CummingsÂ andÂ Felix Aylmer.Â In the U.S. it was known under this titleÂ and also asÂ Doomed Cargo.Â The screenplay concerns an American detective and his sidekick, who travel from France to England to take on a gang of international criminals.
Seven Sinnersï¿¼Directed byAlbert de CourvilleWritten bySidney Gilliat
Austin Melford(additional dialogue)
L. Du Garde Peach(adaptation)Based onplayÂ The WreckerÂ byÂ Arnold RidleyÂ and Bernard MerivaleStarringEdmund Lowe
Constance CummingsMusic byJack Beaver(uncredited)CinematographyMutz GreenbaumEdited byMichael Gordon
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors
June 1936 (London)
67 minutesCountryUnited KingdomLanguageEnglish
The film was made atÂ Lime Grove StudiosÂ byÂ Gainsborough Pictures.Â Its sets were designed by the HungarianÂ art directorÂ ErnÃ¶ Metzner.
DuringÂ CarnivalÂ inÂ Nice, somewhat drunk,Â New YorkÂ private detective Ed Harwood accidentally stumbles into the hotel room of Heinrich Wagner, who had helped him earlier that evening. He finds Wagner dead, but by the time he fetches the hotel manager and others, the corpse has disappeared. They all assume Harwood imagined it, including Caryl Fenton, a Worldwide Insurance Company employee sent to take him to Scotland to investigate a robbery.
Unable to convince anyone otherwise, he boards a train with Fenton. However, the train crashes. When Harwood comes to, he finds the missing body nearby. On the dead man’s shirt cuff, he finds written an address in Paris; he takes the cuff with him, but the body is afterwards destroyed by fire. He tells Paul TurbÃ©, the assistant prefect of police, his theory that the wreck was deliberate, to try to conceal the murder. TurbÃ© confirms that it was no accident â€“ the railway signals were tampered with â€“ but is skeptical of Harwood’s hypothesis. Harwood bets him $5000 that he will catch the killer, and devotes no further attention to the case in Scotland (which is eventually solved without his and Fenton’s help).
In Paris, Harwood and Fenton go to the address; they inform the occupant, whose name is Hoyt, that Wagner was killed in the train wreck. The man claims he had not heard of the wreck, although it is the front-page story of the newspapers in his wastebasket. Harwood recognizes a photo of a Buenos Aires racetrack, but the man says it came with the apartment. That night, Harwood breaks into the place, with Fenton in tow. They find the suite almost completely empty of furniture. However, Harwood finds an old banquet invitation from the “Lord MayorÂ Elect and theÂ Sheriffs of London” to “Axel Hoyt and party”. Gunshots from across the street proves that the case is real.
They find a photograph of the banquet, showing Hoyt seated together with Wagner. A woman nearby is wearing a unique dress, which they trace to an Elizabeth Wentworth. At an event for a charity called Pilgrims of Peace, Harwood manages to strike up a conversation with Wentworth. When he remarks that recently he saw her acquaintance, Hoyt, she informs him that Hoyt died three years ago. They trace the doctor responsible for Hoyt’s death certificate, but he has been unexpectedly called away to Southampton. They drive off after his train, but he is killed when it crashes into a lorry left on the tracks at a crossing.
While talking to the local chief constable, Harwood is surprised when TurbÃ© shows up. TurbÃ© shows him that the doctor’s cuff link looks exactly like Wagner’s. In fact, they show the emblem of the Pilgrims of Peace. Harwood and Fenton attend a Pilgrims of Peace rally, where Hoyt is calling himself Father Planchat. They learn that the leaders are about to board a relief ship bound for Bordeaux.
To escape, Harwood starts a brawl. He and Fenton race to catch the boat train, where they encounter both TurbÃ© and the Pilgrims’ leaders. Harwood asks TurbÃ© to bring the two Scotland Yard agents in on his signal. Then Harwood and Fenton confront the Pilgrims in the dining car. Harwood has been in touch with the Buenos Aires police: he now accuses the Pilgrims of gunrunning, something Hoyt also did there. However, as Harwood glances at TurbÃ©, he realises that he too was in the banquet photograph, with his back turned. Harwood informs the gang members that TurbÃ© has double-crossed them. He was worried about being exposed, but his associates applied pressure to force him to continue working with them. Instead, he set about killing them all. TurbÃ© uncouples the dining car, leaving it to be destroyed by a following train. The gang try to escape from the front of the car, but the door is locked; they are killed. Harwood and Fenton survive by escaping from the back.
TurbÃ© is killed while trying to escape arrest. Afterward, Harwood and Fenton d