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Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

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A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute.

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Alfred Davidson (as Jose Ferrer)
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At a lonely military outpost on American Samoa, sticky heat alternates with torrential rain. A ship quarantine strands here Sadie Thompson, a "breezy dame" who sets the Marines afire... and self-righteous Mr. Davidson, powerful head of the Mission Board, who suspects Sadie is a fugitive from the notorious Emerald Club of Honolulu. Meanwhile, Sadie is courted by crude but good-hearted Marine Sgt. Phil O'Hara. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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religion | bar | singing | love | church | See more »

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She's out for all she can get!...And in for all kinds of trouble! See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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23 December 1953 (USA)  »

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Aldo Ray sits in a hut with natives, trying to find a place for Rita Hayworth in the village. The language used is Samoan. The native says, "Leai se potu," meaning "no room." Ray replies politely but then ends the conversation with, "Alu," which doesn't mean "good-bye" but rather something like, "Get out of here." It's what Samoans say when they shoo animals away from the food or chase children out of the house. See more »

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Sergeant O'Hara's shirt is wet with sweat as he leaves the radio tent but dry as he exits. See more »

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Mr. Davidson: Men of science like Freud and Adler and Jung are destroying moral values by denying individual responsibility.
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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The Blue Pacific Blues
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Music by Lester Lee
Lyrics by Allan Roberts
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer)
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disappointing
18 April 2004 | by (Huntsville, Alabama) – See all my reviews

I was so excited to find this movie...two of my favorite actors together! But the movie just doesn't work. It can't get the spirit of its author (and what a sour spirit) because of censorship, nor does it try to get into the minds of fundamentalist Christians (I don't think the filmmakers could). It's very sad because you see glimpses of greatness. Ferrer and Hayworth seem to be struggling without a director to deliver, but the soundstagey mess of a film overtakes them. The supporting actors aren't very good. If this film had been made with some grittiness, maybe it would have succeeded. But as it is, it's a messy hodgepodge.(the story is definitely not obsolete. we can see versions of it with Jessica Hahn and Jim Bakker, etc.)


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