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Miss Sadie Thompson -- A dynamic young woman ends up at a marine base in American Samoa and gets the blood boiling of every soldier, as well as a missionary man who thinks she�۪s trouble.


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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 »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Miss Sadie Thompson
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  (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)

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 stylist
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)
Crew verified as complete

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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)
Argentina:13 | 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?

Trying to take advantage of the 3-D fad of the early 50s, the film was shot in 3-D. But, by the time of the premiere on December 23, 1953, interest in 3-D had died down considerably. After a two-week run, all 3-D prints were pulled. The film was given a national release "flat", in other words, in regular prints, minus the 3-D.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 »
Sgt. O'Hara:Come on, Sadie, let's get going before it starts to rain.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady (2000) (V)See more »
Marine SongSee more »


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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Poorest of the sequence, 24 April 2007
Author: jshaffer-6 from United States

I have seen the Joan Crawford version of this story, called Rain, and also Gloria Swanson's version, called Sadie Thompson. They are both well worth seeing still, in spite of their age. But even the color and Rita couldn't save this one. This one just made me want to cry, all that waste. Gloria's face is so beautiful in the silent version that it takes your breath away. And Joan Crawford acted the hell out of the part when she did it. Poor Rita, she had one good musical number and that was pretty much it. There was great pathos in the two original movies, but this one was just pitiful. You want to see Mr. Davidson, the missionary? Take a look at what Walter Houston did to that part.Anyway, the scenery was beautiful and the technicolor was bright, and that's about as much as I can say for this movie.

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