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The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)

Set in the early '40s, a San Francisco prostitute is run out of town just as the second World War has begun to intensify. Mamie settles down in Hawaii, hoping to start a new life. Though ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Stover
Jim Blair
Annalee Johnson
Bertha Parchman
Jorja Curtright ...
Harry Adkins
Richard Coogan ...
Capt. Eldon Sumac
Capt. Gorecki
Leon Lontoc ...
Kathy Marlowe ...
Jack Mather ...
John Halloran ...


Set in the early '40s, a San Francisco prostitute is run out of town just as the second World War has begun to intensify. Mamie settles down in Hawaii, hoping to start a new life. Though her prospects look good when she falls in love with a science-fiction writer who treats her with the respect she deserves, the dawning war and the fallacies of her previous lifestyle complicate their budding romance. Mamie cannot fully remove herself from her former profession, and provides some of her old services to the sailors stationed in town. Searching for another means of financial security, Mamie invests in several pieces of real estate and becomes quite wealthy, though her bad reputation has not been forgotten by the locals. Written by alfiehitchie

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22 June 1956 (Belgium)  »

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Bungalow der Frauen  »

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Did You Know?


The author of the novel, The Revolt of Mamie Stover, William Bradford Huie, also wrote the novel The Americanization of Emily. In the foreword to the second novel, he wrote: "The Americanization of Emily, like The Revolt of Mamie Stover, is from the war memoirs of Lieutenant Commander James Monroe Madison, USNR. All characters are fictitious." The protagonist of both novels, Jimmie Madison, is called Jim Blair in this movie and is played by Richard Egan. He is called Charlie Madison in The Americanization of Emily and is played by James Garner. See more »


Although the story takes place in 1941-1942, all the women's fashion styles are from 1956. See more »


Referenced in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) See more »


(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo
Music by Harry Warren
Played when the bar opens up after Parchman addresses the girls
Also played when the hostess is playing cards with the sailor
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Oh My, Who, on Oahu
17 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not revolting when it comes to enjoying Mamie Stover. The GIs in 1940s Hawaii enjoyed her and so do I. OK, it's not even close to a cinematic masterpiece, but it's worth a gander on a rainy Sunday afternoon when the hubby has on his football. It has stunning Hawaiian locations, a fun if melodramatic script and 20th Century Fox gave it gorgeous Technicolor. It must have had studio head Buddy Adler's blessing because he took producer's credit. If you're a Jane Russell fan, forget "The Outlaw" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Underwater." The Russell you see here is smoldering...! She plays a down-on-her luck woman run out of San Francisco who lands on Oahu where she becomes a... a... a... dancehall hostess. (If they redid Mamie Stover today, it'd have a whole different look.) She makes lots of money and thumbs her pretty nose at her detractors. Maybe because she's called Flaming Mamie, Russell dyed her dark tresses to a shimmering red and natural redhead Agnes Moorehead, owner of the gin joint where Mamie works, has become a blonde. Aggie never made a film that she didn't elevate to a higher level. Michael Pate is wonderfully menacing as the gin joint bouncer/thug. Love interest Richard Egan is too bland and lovely Joan Leslie is wasted in a nothing supporting role. Tough-guy director Raoul Walsh, who had just finished directing tough-girl Russell in "The Tall Men," knew how to best display her acting chops and sultry good looks. Mmmmmm, whatever Mamie wants...

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