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Release Date:
12 October 1932 (USA) See more »
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In this awkward early talkie, a beautiful, young Joan Crawford leaps off the screen with a vivid and charismatic performance that anticipates her later award-winning career. See more (52 total) »


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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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Joan Crawford's marriage to her husband Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was on the rocks during filming, leading her to withdraw from the cast and crew when they were filming on Catalina Island, making them think she was aloof. Fairbanks sailed out to accompany his wife on one occasion but was coolly received. The marriage ended seven months later.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, she-catta-gan-nee, she-catta-gan-nee, that's "I should worry" in Jap, buttercup.See more »
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53 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
In this awkward early talkie, a beautiful, young Joan Crawford leaps off the screen with a vivid and charismatic performance that anticipates her later award-winning career., 5 August 1999
Author: S.Mueller from Toronto Canada

Try to see this on as big a viewing screen as you can, as the film is often quite dark, and Crawford is so beautiful in it you'll want a good look. I loved it!

In this second screen version of W. Somerset Maugham's morality tale, "Rain", Joan Crawford gives a performance that knocks the rest of the cast off the screen.

First made as a silent with Gloria Swanson, the stageplay "Miss Sadie Thompson" had been a controversial broadway hit, and young Joan Crawford fought hard to get the coveted role of Sadie. She shed her drawing room manners and designer gowns, researching the part by visiting the red-light district of San Diego to see what the street-walkers of the day looked and sounded like. Her appearance in the film was considered offensive for it's realism, and the film stiffed at the box office. Sadly, it's financial failure relegated Crawford to years of popular but light-weight "respectable" roles, before her Oscar-calibre performances of the 1940's and 50's.

But for audiences of today, the film is worth reconsidering. The other performers are wooden and stilted but Crawford's performance, embarrassingly natural in 1932, leaps off the screen. The topic matter that was so controversial, even offensive, in the early 1930's is not a hard sell to modern audiences: that bible-thumpers aren't always the good guys, and "sinners" aren't always so bad.

Further, the feminist aspect of the film is clearer today. As Sadie makes her way around the Pacific, a fun-loving free-spirit often one step ahead of the law, it's the fact that she's a female that draws the ire of the puritanical fire-and-brimstone missionaries: a young man would have gotten away with it.

And for us post-Woodstock viewers this touching story strikes a familiar chord: of the harmless, light-hearted kid who hurts no-one but whose very existence is offensive to the powers that be.

And it must fairly be said that when she was a young (I think she's about 25 when she made this) she is a strikingly beautiful babe, heavy make-up or not.

If you've ever written Crawford off as "man-ish" or "bitchy" because of roles she did later in her life, check out this movie and take a look at the sexy, vivacious girl who was once described by F. Scott Fitzgerald as "the personification of the American flapper"!

I found the film fascinating (that's why I went on to look up all the above information).

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