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Miss Sadie Thompson
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Harry Kleiner (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 December 1953 (USA) See more »
She's out for all she can get!...And in for all kinds of trouble! See more »
A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Watered down remake of "Rain" See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rita Hayworth ... Sadie Thompson

José Ferrer ... Alfred Davidson (as Jose Ferrer)

Aldo Ray ... Sgt. Phil O'Hara
Russell Collins ... Dr. Robert MacPhail

Diosa Costello ... Ameena Horn
Harry Bellaver ... Joe Horn
Wilton Graff ... Governor
Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Margaret Davidson
Henry Slate ... Pvt. Griggs
Rudy Bond ... Pvt. Hodges

Charles Bronson ... Pvt. Edwards (as Charles Buchinsky)
Frances Morris ... Mrs. MacPhail
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Anderson ... Dispatcher (uncredited)
Elizabeth Bartilet ... Child (uncredited)
Clifford Botelho ... Child (uncredited)
Erlynn Mary Botelho ... Child (uncredited)
Eduardo Cansino Jr. ... Marine (uncredited)
Peter Chong ... Chung (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Marine (uncredited)
Jo Ann Greer ... Sadie Thompson (singing voice) (uncredited)
John Grossett ... Preacher (uncredited)
Ben Harris ... Marine (uncredited)
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Marine (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Marine (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Marine (uncredited)

Al Kikume ... Governor's Native Secretary (uncredited)
Freddie Letuli ... Native Messenger (uncredited)
Joe McCabe ... Native (uncredited)
Dennis Medieros ... Child (uncredited)
Ted Pavelec ... Marine (uncredited)
Frank Stanlow ... Marine (uncredited)
Billy Varga ... Marine (uncredited)
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Directed by
Curtis Bernhardt 
Writing credits
Harry Kleiner (screenplay)

W. Somerset Maugham  story "Miss Thompson" (uncredited)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair styles
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Art Department
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound engineer
Herbert R. Hoffman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Evelyn Rutledge .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Francis Cugat .... color consultant: Technicolor
Music Department
George Duning .... composer: background music
Lester Lee .... songs by
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Ned Washington .... songs by
Leo Diamond .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lewis J. Rachmil .... assistant to producer
Lee Scott .... choreographer
Walter Shenson .... publicist (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"W. Somerset Maugham's Miss Sadie Thompson" - UK (long title), USA (long title)
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91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG (cable rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1954) | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2005) | UK:A (original rating) (1954) (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #16538, Adult Audience) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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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 »
Continuity: Sergeant O'Hara's shirt is wet with sweat as he leaves the radio tent but dry as he exits.See more »
Sadie:That was a fast tour!
Sgt. O'Hara:Most of the island's restricted.
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Watered down remake of "Rain", 30 August 2005
Author: jdemoss from Spain

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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