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The Seventh Sin is a 1957 American drama film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Eleanor Parker, Bill Travers and George Sanders. It is based on the 1925 novel The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham.

The Seventh Sin
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Directed byRonald Neame
Written byKarl Tunberg
Based onThe Painted Veil (1925 novel)
by W. Somerset Maugham
StarringEleanor Parker
Bill Travers
George Sanders
Music byMiklós Rózsa
CinematographyRay June
Edited byGene Ruggiero
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 28, 1957 (1957-06-28) (US)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$725,000[1]



In post-World War II Hong Kong, unhappily married Carol (Eleanor Parker) has an affair with a married man, Paul (Jean Pierre Aumont). Her physician husband Walter (Bill Travers) discovers it and presents her with a choice: travel with him to a remote mainland village (where he will fight a cholera epidemic) or face the scandal of a very public divorce. She persuades him to reconsider and he proposes an alternative. If Paul's wife will agree to a divorce and he marries Carol within one week Walter will obtain a quiet divorce. Carol presents Walter's 'deal' to Paul, who regretfully declines, citing respect for his wife.

Carol sees as her only choice to accompany Walter to the village, where she meets the rakish and booze-soaked Tim (George Sanders). He soon introduces her to nuns at the local hospital-convent and Carol begins to re-evaluate her self-absorbed life and character.

Working at the convent, Carol learns she is pregnant. She tells Walter she's unsure who is the father and he regrets her honesty. Shortly after, Walter contracts cholera and dies. Carol returns to Hong Kong and an uncertain future.


  • Eleanor Parker as Carol Carwin
  • Bill Travers as Walter Carwin
  • George Sanders as Tim Waddington
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont as Paul Duvelle
  • Francoise Rosay as Mother Superior
  • Ellen Corby as Sister Saint Joseph
  • George Chan as Town Elder
  • Mary Chan as Elderly Chinese Woman
  • David Chow as Chinese Businessman
  • Wong Chung as Elderly Chinese Man
  • Judy Dan as Mrs. Tim Waddington
  • Leslie Denison as Governor Neville
  • Sam Harris as Party Guest
  • James Hong as Chinese Officer
  • Colin Kenny as Party Guest
  • Esther Ying Lee as Secretary
  • Gai Lee as Chinese Waiter
  • Bruce Lester as Allan
  • Edwin Luke as Houseboy
  • Owen McGiveney as Butler
  • Forbes Murray as Party Guest
  • Henry S. Quan as Houseboy
  • Jennifer Raine as Other Woman
  • Leoda Richards as Party Guest
  • George Saurel as Gentleman
  • Phyllis Stanley as Dorothy Duvelle
  • Frank Tang as Dr. Ling
  • Kam Tong as Colonel Yu
  • William Yip as Chinese Owner


The film was originally announced as a vehicle for Ava Gardner.[2]

It was adapted for the screen by Karl Tunberg and directed by Ronald Neame. Neame left the film during production and Vincente Minnelli took over uncredited.[3]


According to MGM records the film earned $250,000 in the US and Canada and $475,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $1,202,000.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ By THOMAS M PRYOR Special to The New York Times. (1955, Apr 16). METRO TO REMAKE 'THE PAINTED VEIL'. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  3. ^ Brian McFarlane, Autobiography of British Cinema p 433

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