Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  23 December 1953 (USA)
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A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute.



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Complete credited cast:
Alfred Davidson (as Jose Ferrer)
Russell Collins ...
Wilton Graff ...
Peggy Converse ...
Henry Slate ...
Rudy Bond ...
Pvt. Edwards (as Charles Buchinsky)
Frances Morris ...


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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Release Date:

23 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rain  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Sadie: Well, look me up in my little grass shack if you ever get to town.
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Referenced in Pappoudes en drasei: Episode #1.2 (2000) See more »


Marine Song
Music by Lester Lee
Lyrics by Allan Roberts
Sung by chorus (uncredited)
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Watered down remake of "Rain"
30 August 2005 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

This is the 1950's "Disney-ized" version of W. Somerset Maugham's wonderful story "Rain," which was filmed much more successfully and faithfully with Joan Crawford as Sadie back in 1932.

Rita Hayworth is always a pleasure to watch--a true beauty with significant talent, though her performance here isn't much to shout about. Probably due to the wretched script and mediocre direction.

This Technicolor, 3-D (in the original theatrical release), musical version demonstrates clearly that technology does not equal quality.

The worst element of this version is perhaps Jose Ferrer as the unbending moralizer who tries to convert Sadie. Certainly he's supposed to be stiff, but not to the point where his face shows absolutely no nuance of emotion ever.

Look for a studly young Charles Bronson in a minor role, listed in the credits as Charles Buchinsky (this must have been before he discovered that Hollywood didn't like ethnic--especially in the 50's).

No, your best bet is just to read the story. Maugham deserves the attention; he's a much under-rated writer.

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