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The Pagan Lady (1931)

 |  Drama  |  8 September 1931 (USA)
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A free-spirited bartender on a tropical island has a reputation as a "pagan lady", who hops from man to man and bed to bed. The young son of the island's fire-and-brimstone evangelist ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Dorothy 'Dot' Hunter
Ernest Todd
Dingo Mike
Dr. Heath
William Farnum ...
Malcolm 'Mal' Todd
Lucile Gleason ...
Nellie (as Lucille Gleason)
Leslie Fenton ...
Gerald 'Gerry' Willis
Gwen Willis
Wallace MacDonald ...


A free-spirited bartender on a tropical island has a reputation as a "pagan lady", who hops from man to man and bed to bed. The young son of the island's fire-and-brimstone evangelist arrives on the island, falls in love with her and proposes marriage. The proposal affects her in a way she hadn't planned on. Written by

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8 September 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mulher Pagã  »

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Based on the Broadway play: Pagan Lady (1930). Drama. Written by William DuBois. Incidental music by Hall Johnson. Directed by John D. Williams. 48th Street Theatre: 20 Oct 1930- Mar 1931 (closing date unknown/152 performances). Cast: Lenore Ulric (as "Dot Hunter"), Elise Bartlett, Leo Donnelly, Jane Ferrell, Thomas Findley (as "Malcolm Todd"), Russell Hardie (as "Dingo Mike"), Ralph Morris, Richard Terry, Franchot Tone (as "Ernest Todd"). Produced by Morris Green and Lewis E. Gensler. Produced in association with Erlanger Productions, Inc. See more »

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Evelyn Brent Is Terrific
29 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little tropics-set potboiler will remind many of Joan Crawford's RAIN, but Evelyn Brent (as Dorothy Hunter) is more in control of her destiny than Sadie Thompson is.

The film opens in Havana where Brent is a bar tender and party girl. Husky Charles Bickford (as Dingo) wanders in and asks for a New Life? She's never heard of it but he's got her attention. He proceeds to list a bunch of ingredients which she tosses into a glass. Then he downs it all.

They take off together and end up on an island at a hotel run by Lucille Gleason. The sardonic Roland Young is a guest. The creepy Willises are also around (Leslie Fenton, Gwen Lee). The news that a famous reformer and his nephew (William Farnum, Conrad Nagel) are stopping by on their way to rescue island natives sets everyone on edge.

The naive Nagel instantly falls for Brent (Bickford is on travel) while Fenton and Lee set to work spreading lies and rumors. An innocent swim turns into a local scandal when Brent and Nagel get marooned on a island alone after a storm. But Bickford returns to straighten everyone out.

Some interesting dialog here about Nagel's brand of religion (the rabid reformer) versus Brent's. She tells him her god is in a golden sunset, not in the pages of a book.

Several scenes are filmed on beaches with crashing waves and sea breezes and the sound is excellent. All the actors are quite good here with the exception of hammy Farnum.

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