Title refers to the screen every human uses to hurdle his innermost thoughts. Like Salome, ordinary people will remove one or two – or more veils for the benefit of friends, sweethearts, spouses. But unlike Salome, nobody ever sheds the seventh veil. How Ann Todd is made to do this is the backbone of the pic – and its achievement is filmed magnificently.
Apart from the engrossing story (of the merciless discipline to which a teenage, sensitive orphan is subjected by a grim bachelor guardian) as it surges swiftly to its tremendous climax, there is a feast of harmony by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Muir Mathieson, accompanying an unidentified piano virtuoso [Eileen Joyce] – ostensibly Todd.
1946: Best Original Screenplay