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W. Somerset Maugham (story)
Raoul Walsh (adaptation)
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Release Date:
7 January 1928 (USA) See more »
Sadie could storm any barrack she attacked! Magnetism had never been heard of until she hit town! What a woman! You'll say so, too! See more »
A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
Writing credits
W. Somerset Maugham (story)

Raoul Walsh (adaptation)

C. Gardner Sullivan (titles)

John Colton  play "Rain" (uncredited)
Clemence Randolph  play "Rain" (uncredited)

Produced by
Gloria Swanson .... producer (uncredited)
Raoul Walsh .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Joseph Turrin (1987)
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photographed by)
Robert Kurrle (photographed by)
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by) (as Oliver Marsh)
Film Editing by
C. Gardner Sullivan (edited by)
Art Direction by
William Cameron Menzies 
Production Management
Pierre Bedard .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Tummel .... assistant director (uncredited)
Other crew
Dennis Doros .... archivist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:91 min (reconstructed version) | USA:97 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Blanche Friderici played Mrs. Davidson in the original Broadway production alongside Jeanne Eagels and reprises the role here.See more »
Sadie Thompson:Gee, Handsome, you're a peach to worry about me.See more »
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Referenced in Road to Bali (1952)See more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Stunning Swanson!, 6 June 1999
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

What a performance - Swanson bursts out of the screen, as Somerset Maugham's prostitute heroine trapped on a tropical island with a crusading parson and a sexy sergeant. And Lionel Barrymore as the parson and the director Raoul Walsh as the sergeant are her match. This is silent acting at its best.

Yes the piece is a little stagey and the action too confined for a silent picture, but when the photography is as brilliant as it is here - who cares? It deservedly won the first ever Oscar for cinematography.

This is a passionate and beautiful production. What a tragedy that the last few minutes have been lost. They have been reconstructed using titles and stills - but how I would have loved to have seen the scene when Barrymore rapes Swanson. It must have been breathtaking. Don't miss this film.

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