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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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  (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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This is a "Personal Pick" of Robert Osborne, who is the host for Turner Classic Movies. He considers Rita Hayworth of be "the definitive" Sadie Thompson.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 »
Mr. Davidson:You're going to New Caledonia to carry on your trade.
Sadie:I don't know what you're talking about.
Mr. Davidson:I'm talking about why you had to leave Honolulu. You're a prostitute!
Sadie:What! Who do you think you are calling me names? You're a dirty, rotten liar!
Mr. Davidson:I want to give you a chance to redeem yourself.
Sadie:Where do you get off with that kind of talk?
Mr. Davidson:A chance to find salvation before it's too late.
Sadie:You're no priest or missionary! You're trying to act like one but the collar don't fit!
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Movie Connections:
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Tale of Corruption of the Human Soul, 23 August 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the post-World War II, while heading to work in New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean, the liberal and joyful Miss Sadie Thompson (Rita Hayworth) is stranded in a rainy island in the Pacific when one crewmember gets typhus and the vessel Orduna is put in quarantine. Sadie befriends a group of marines from an American outpost and is courted by Sergeant Phil O'Hara (Aldo Ray) that proposes her to move together with him to Sidney, Australia. However, the moralist and powerful Reverend Alfred Davidson (Jose Ferrer) recognizes her from the infamous Emerald Club in Honolulu and forces her to return to San Francisco where she has a past that haunts her. Nevertheless nobody can run away from himself.

I have just watched "Miss Sadie Thompson" following the recommendation of a friend of mine. Rita Hayworth is impressively wasted for a thirty-five year-old woman, but perfectly cast in the role of a woman with a disreputable past. In a certain moment after the conversion of Sadie Thompson I hated this movie and I found it awfully moralist. However the unexpected plot point is great and saves this tale of corruption of the human soul. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Mulher de Satã" ("The Satan's Woman")

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