|| United States
||May 6, 1927
||Fox Film Corporation
||Fox Film Corporation
||George E. Stone
7th Heaven is a 1927 American silent drama movie directed by Frank Borzage. Chico has a poor life as a canal worker in Paris and dreams of a woman who loves him. One day he rescues the young prostitute Diane from her vicious sister and protects her from the police by pretending to be her husband. Both move into his attic apartment together and actually fall in love with each other, but their happiness seems to be short-lived.
A remake, with the number written out as a word, was released in 1937 starring Simone Simon and James Stewart. In 1995, 7th Heaven was added to the National Film Registry.
The following weapons were used in the film 7th Heaven:
Berthier Mle. 1907/15
The Berthier Mle 1907-15 rifle is the standard weapon for French infantrymen including Chico (Charles Farrell) and Gobin (David Butler). As the rifle's designification tells this rifle was put into French service in 1915; so a few months after the battle of the Marne took place. A more accurate choice would be the Lebel 1886 at the start of WWI.
Berthier Fusil Modèle 1907/15 - 8x50mm R
French soldiers marching through the streets cheered by the Parisian people after the outbreak of the war. The rifle in the center offers a view of the ejecting hole.
Papa Boul gets overwhelmed by French soldiers including Gobin who want to get in his taxi.
A French soldier destroys Eloise'
s Taximeter with the muzzle of his Berthier.
A view of a famous Marne Taxi heading to the frontline.
French soldiers prepare themselves for a massive bayonet charge.
Chico lies in a crater next to a French soldier unfixing the bayonet to use it to open a barrel of wine. In this scene the Mle. 1907/15 is not an anachronism.
German soldiers are incorrectly armed with Krag-Jørgensen Model 1899 Constabulary Carbines, instead of accurate Mauser rifles.
Krag-Jørgensen US Model 1899 Constabulary Carbine - .30-40 Krag
A marching German column with Krag-Jørgensen rifles.
German soldiers fire their rifles.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
At least, one German soldier is briefly seen with a correct Gewehr 1898.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The rifle is stuck in the crater after an unsuccessful melee attack.
Colt Model 1895
What appears to be a Colt 1895 Automatic Machine Gun, mocked up to resemble an accurate Maxim MG08, is used by German soldiers.
Colt 1895 machine gun - .30-40 Krag
German soldiers trying to repel the French charge.
A Maxim MG08/15 is briefly seen deployed by French soldiers during the battle of the Marne in 1914. The use of this Maxim is clearly an anachronism; like the Berthier, the MG08/15 was developed one year later.
Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
A French soldier sets up the Maxim.
Another soldier mans the gun.
Canon de 75mm mle. 1897
The gunners appear to U.S. soldiers; judging by their Brody helmets. Speaking of headgear, it was not until the end of 1915 that soldiers were equipped with helmets.
Near the end of the movie, Chico, Gobin, and other French soldiers can be seen using unknown flamethrowers. This model looks different from the P3, P4, and Schildt flamethrowers that were used by the French Army during WWI.
A general view of one flamethrower.
Chico and Gobin advancing with their flamethrowers.
The German second from right also uses a flamethrower.