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12 October 1932 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Lewis Milestone (uncredited)
Writing credits
John Colton (play) and
Clemence Randolph (play) (as C. Randolph)

W. Somerset Maugham (story)

Maxwell Anderson (screen adaptation)

Produced by
Lewis Milestone .... producer (uncredited)
Joseph M. Schenck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (musical score)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photography) (as Oliver Marsh)
Film Editing by
Duncan Mansfield  (as W. Duncan Mansfield)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director
Sound Department
Frank Grenzback .... sound (as Frank Grenzbach)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milo Anderson .... costumer (uncredited)
Other crew
V.L. McFadden .... technical director
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
Satini Pualoa .... technical advisor (uncredited)
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94 min (Turner library print) | 76 min (1938 Atlantic Reissue)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Ontario) | Portugal:M/12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1318-R, 29 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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This is the second film version of the short story, "Rain". The first in 1928 was called "Miss Sadie Thompson" as the story and title were on the "forbidden list to be filmed. It starred Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore and brought Swanson the first of her three Oscar nominations. The third was also called "Miss Sadie Thompson" and starred Rita Hayworth.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the beginning of the film where the ship's passengers are handing over their passports and shore passes to be checked, the serial number on all the passes is the same.See more »
Sadie Thompson:Oh, no Mr. Davidson. Your God and me could never be shipmates.See more »
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Is 'Miss Thompson' available to read online?
Is 'Rain' based on a book?
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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Live And Let Live, 8 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Joan Crawford was reportedly not happy with her performance in Rain although for the life of me, I can't figure out what she had to be ashamed about. In a few years Rain could not possibly have been made due to the imposition of The Code where no man of the cloth could be anything less than decent.

Perhaps Crawford was unfortunately compared to Jeanne Eagels on stage and Gloria Swanson in a silent film adaptation which starred Lionel Barrymore as the sex crazed Reverend Davidson. Still Crawford's Sadie Thompson need not take a backseat to anyone else's.

Somerset Maugham wrote the original novel and John Colton adapted it into a play performed on both the London and Broadway stages. Rain is a deceptive work, at first glance it appears quite dated, but in reality its quite relevant for today.

My favorite character in this is Guy Kibbee's Horne who runs the hotel/ trading post on that tropical South Sea Island where all the characters are stranded temporarily. Joan Crawford is there and in the same hotel are the Reverend and Mrs. Davidson played by Walter Huston and Beulah Bondi. Kibbee says he left the USA because he saw that 'reformers' like the Davidsons were beginning to dominate the body politic in America and he wanted out.

Two things made Rain such a big hit at the time both as a book and play. One was Sigmund Freud who was gaining great popularity talking about repressed sexual desires. Freud would have had a field day analyzing both the Davidsons. It's important to remember that Bondi is just as repressed and uptight as Huston. Freud's writings were not just confined to his profession, they were popularly read by the masses.

The second thing was Prohibition. When Kibbee talks about the reformers triumphing (and you have to get the sneer in his voice when he says reformers)he's talking about their greatest triumph, the 18th amendment. The Evangelical Moral Majority types of the day were the ones that brought Prohibition about and America went on its biggest hypocrisy binge because of it. Folks just like the Davidsons inflicted Prohibition and all that went with it on America.

Sadie Thompson represents everything the Davidsons say they despise, but what Reverend Davidson wants. It all leads to tragedy.

What Maugham is saying and being a gay man himself, knew what it was like to be repressed and show a different face publicly, is just live and let live. Such a simple concept, but one some today have a hard time wrapping their minds around.

As for Joan Crawford, she wouldn't have said what she supposedly said about her performance in Rain knowing in the next generation there would be a musical version with a dubbed Rita Hayworth singing with the island kids. Now that one was one for the books.

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