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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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Sadie's story gets the full treatment...Rita is vivacious but story is too familiar... See more (25 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)

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)
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?

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:Funny how I'm always running out of cigarettes. Sometimes I don't even know I'm smoking. I guess when something becomes a habit you don't think what you're doing.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Blue Pacific BluesSee more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Sadie's story gets the full treatment...Rita is vivacious but story is too familiar..., 24 April 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The old Sadie Thompson story gets the full Technicolor treatment and some eye-filling location photography of a beautiful South Seas island--but nothing hides the fact that the story is simply another reworking of the Somerset Maugham saga about a sinner, a man of the cloth and a bunch of rowdy U.S. Marines.

RITA HAYWORTH gives her all to put some much needed vitality into the tale and puts some heat into her dance number--"The Heat Is On"--while the men aren't shy about showing how they appreciate her earthy charms. But there's not much to say about the story and its labored message about sin and redemption with JOSE FERRER as the uptight preacher who takes a moral stand on her behavior but can't practice what he preaches.

ALDO RAY and CHARLES BRONSON are among the Sadie admirers in uniform and both of them do splendid jobs. Rita has a nice chemistry in all her scenes with Aldo Ray but her scenes with Ferrer never quite have the impact they're supposed to. She handles all the dramatic moments well, but there's a tired look about her face that is most noticeable during the latter half of the film.

Not exactly an upbeat tale, but Rita does make a believable Sadie Thompson.

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