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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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The Letter (1929) Review: Jeanne Eagels Sole Extant Talking Performance
 (From Alt Film Guide. 27 January 2012, 3:33 PM, PST)

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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)
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USA:91 min (reconstructed version) | USA:97 min (original version)
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Gloria Swanson (as Sadie) swore several times on screen, but as the title cards don't reflect this and the film is silent, it was released without censorship.See more »
Sadie Thompson:[to Mr. Davidson] You've got the power to hang me but I've got the power to tell you - hang me and be damned!
Alfred Davidson:[to his wife, wiping his forehead] That girl is possessed with devils!
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of the best silent movies ever made, 7 August 2001
Author: nickandrew from PA

This was the first version of the W. Somerset Maugham novel "Rain," which was remade in 1932 by the original title and again in 1953 as "Miss Sadie Thompson." Gloria Swanson is amazing in the title role as a prostitute who becomes stranded on the remote Island of Pago Pago. She flirts with a soldier (Raoul Walsh, who was the director), then seduces a respected preacher played by Lionel Barrymore. This certainly can be called one of the "pre-code" films of the 1920s/1930s, before the Hays Code was in effect. For many years the final scenes were lost, so now the restored versions use still photos and new title cards to complete the picture.

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