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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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Religious hypocrisy in 3-D, whoopee See more (24 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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Aldo Ray sits in a hut with natives, trying to find a place for Rita Hayworth in the village. The language used is Samoan. The native says, "Leai se potu," meaning "no room." Ray replies politely but then ends the conversation with, "Alu," which doesn't mean "good-bye" but rather something like, "Get out of here." It's what Samoans say when they shoo animals away from the food or chase children out of the house.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:I know you enough not to want to lose you.See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Religious hypocrisy in 3-D, whoopee, 10 September 2006
Author: Charlie Dyer from United States

Imagine Pat Robertson pointing his boney crazy fingers out of the screen at you and you've got the picture.

Just saw this at the World 3-D Film Expo and it was quite enjoyable. The movie has great depth and wasn't filmed in a really gimmicky 3-D style. The transitions between location and sound stage work was fairly seamless and there were scenes I really wasn't certain if they were shot in Hollywood or the South Pacific.

It's always interesting to stumble on old movies like these that resonate more than 50 years later. How much and how little has changed when it comes to religious zealots...hhmmm?

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