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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
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 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | 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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Joan Crawford hated her performance in this film.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:Surprised to see me all dolled up, heh? Well, why not? I had to put on my best, this gay and glorious morning, didn't I?
Sadie Thompson:Besides, I'm radiant! Beautiful! You didn't know that, did ya? I caught a gleam in my eyes when I saw that sun this morning. Do I feel fine? I do.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Mother Should Be Loved (1934)See more »
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Why is this not in the Top 250?, 30 May 2003
Author: Prof_Lostiswitz from Cyberia

This has to be one of the most intelligent movies Hollywood produced in the 1930's; I see it comes from Lewis Milestone, who produced the equally-brilliant All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). These films have almost a European look - appropriate, because the novels are by European writers.

You've got to admire Milestone for coaxing a sensitive performance out of Crawford, a woman who was happier when hamming it up. No wonder she didn't like her performance here; she was to genuinely ACT.

The story deals with the inner nature of a sanctimonious religious hypocrite, something quite relevant now. A lesser director (and novelist) would have turned Sadie into someone unbelievably virtuous, but Milestone and Crawford show us a much more complex character.

The other performances are great, too, especially Huston as the tormented evangelist; try comparing him to the chief satanist in The Seventh Victim (1943). The rain itself deserves special mention as a character establishing the insane claustrophobic atmosphere.

The stage version was portrayed briefly in Scarface (1932), another great movie from the 1930's.

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