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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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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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The hotel that W. Somerset Maugham stayed at in American Samoa (the model for Trader Horn's) still stands, but for years has been a general store. 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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Sgt. O'Hara: I know you enough not to want to lose you.
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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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Diluted Maugham...still a minor entertainment for star-watchers
3 November 2013 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

W. Somerset Maugham's story "Miss Thompson", previously filmed in 1928 as "Sadie Thompson" with Gloria Swanson, and again as "Rain" with Joan Crawford in 1932, is altered for this brightly-colored 1953 version. Rita Hayworth gets the showy title role here, and she's erratic but serviceable as the wild party girl on the run from police who ends up on a tropical island along with two traveling couples, including a disapproving stuffed shirt who is determined to reform her. Sadie is a cabaret entertainer this time--and a maybe/maybe not prostitute--while her redeemer is no longer a missionary but an important figurehead who specializes in shutting down places of immorality. Aldo Ray livens things up as a smitten Marine sergeant stationed on the island who falls in love with Sadie, but dull, silver-haired Jose Ferrer never convinces as Mr. Davidson while the stereotypical natives act as if they just wandered over from the 1932 version! As for Miss Hayworth, she's quite fetching in the early half of the picture--flirtatious and fun-loving--but the seriousness of the second act defeats her, along with everyone else. The narrative, unsteady to begin with, completely breaks down in the final reel; Sadie gets her happy ending, but it's the audience who is left marooned. ** from ****


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