7.9/10
2,113
17 user 13 critic

Sadie Thompson (1928)

Unrated | | Drama | 7 January 1928 (USA)
A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Street Angel (1928)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell
7th Heaven (1927)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Albert Gran
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The trial and tribulations of a strong-willed woman who elopes and gives birth out of wedlock without telling her ex-husband.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt
Queen Kelly (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa.

Directors: Erich von Stroheim, Richard Boleslawski, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen
Rain (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Fred Howard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Rudolph Schildkraut, Louise Dresser, Milton Holmes
The Noose (1928)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A crook's ex-wife marries the state's governor, and the crook sees an opportunity to make some money by threatening to expose his wife's past if the governor doesn't pay him off. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Montagu Love, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Underworld (1927)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.

Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Arthur Rosson
Stars: George Bancroft, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent
Spring Fever (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

To impress a wealthy young woman, a clerk pretends he is a pro-golfer.

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: William Haines, Joan Crawford, George K. Arthur
The Crowd (1928)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A boxer has difficulty balancing his sport with a budding romance; both are further jeopardized when the United States enters the first World War.

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Molly O'Day, Lawford Davidson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Blanche Friderici ...
Charles Lane ...
Florence Midgley ...
...
Sofia Ortega ...
Will Stanton ...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Sadie Thompson arrives in Pago-Pago to start a new life, but when extremist missionary Davidson lashes out against her lifestyle and tries to force her back to San Francisco, she may lose her second chance. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Piercing drama on an isle in the tropic South Seas! The star of stars in the picture of pictures! Gloria Swanson, glorious exponent of emotion, in the finest film of her career! "Sadie's" the lady you'll never forget! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

7 January 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La frágil voluntad  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(reconstructed) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Blanche Friderici played Mrs. Davidson in the original Broadway production alongside Jeanne Eagels and reprises the role here. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Ameena, a typical South Sea beauty - not lazy - just born tired.
See more »

Connections

Version of Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Gloria Swanson, Movie Star
16 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gloria Swanson takes hold of the screen and does not for one minute let it go in this adaptation of a W. Somerset Maugham novella about a free-wheeling firecracker (read: prostitute) who comes under the tyranny of a self-appointed reformer (a frightening Lionel Barrymore) in a battle of wills over her salvation. Swanson received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her work in the very first year of Oscar's existence. She lost to Janet Gaynor, who was nominated for a trio of performances that first year, but I'm not so sure she shouldn't have won. Raoul Walsh, tough-guy director of later films like James Cagney's "White Heat" (1949), directed "Sadie Thompson" and stars in the film as Sadie's love interest. The whole thing unfolds in a tropical location during a downpour, and it captures the over-heated exotic atmosphere perfectly.

The film's impact is somewhat blunted because of its missing last moments. The version I saw reconstructed the final 10 minutes or so using still shots and title cards; one can only imagine what the actual footage was like. The film has a rather startling conclusion, not because I don't agree with it but rather because a mere ten years later (after enforcement of the Production Code) and for decades after, it wouldn't have been allowed to end the way it does, with Sadie exposing religion as a hypocritical sham and not changing her own racy tendencies one bit.

Grade: B+


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page