7th Heaven [based on Austin Strong’s play] is a great big romantic, gripping and red-blooded story told in a straight-from-the-shoulder way.
Director Frank Borzage is entitled to the blue ribbon for this one. He has made a great picture. Secondly, he has brought to the fore a little girl who has been playing parts in pictures for two years and made a real star out of her overnight – Janet Gaynor.
Borzage can also take credit for bringing Charles Farrell over the hurdles. David Butler comes into his own as Gobin. George Stone has his first shot at a part in the cinema. He plays the rat in the devoted and cringing fashion it should be.
There is not more than 2,500 feet of actual warfare in the film. Balance of the story is romance. A big punch is the march of the taxi cabs and trucks and pleasure cars with troops 30 from Paris to the Marne to stem the advance of the Germans.
This one cost Fox around $1.3 million and took over six months to make. .
1927/28: Best Director, Actress (Janet Gaynor), Adaptation.
Nominations: Best Picture, Interior Direction