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The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)

 |  Drama  |  22 June 1956 (Belgium)
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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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Mamie Stover
Richard Egan ...
Jim Blair
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Annalee Johnson
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Bertha Parchman
Jorja Curtright ...
Jackie
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Harry Adkins
Richard Coogan ...
Capt. Eldon Sumac
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Capt. Gorecki
Eddie Firestone ...
Jean Willes ...
Gladys
Leon Lontoc ...
Aki
Kathy Marlowe ...
Zelda
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Peaches
Jack Mather ...
Bartender
John Halloran ...
Henry
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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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Why Did Mamie Stover Have to Leave San Francisco?

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Trivia

20th Century-Fox production head Buddy Adler wanted Marilyn Monroe for the role of Mamie, but she refused. Fox went with Jane Russell instead. See more »

Goofs

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

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

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Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)
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Original music by Prince Leleiohoku (song "Kaua i ka Huahua'i (We Two in the Spray)") (1860)
Revised music by Johnny Noble (1929)
Played when Jim goes to the bar looking for Mamie
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Typical mid-Fifties 20th-Century Fox product.
18 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This one came out when my cinema-going was pretty well supervised by my parents who, had they known the subject matter, would not have approved of my going to see it. So it wasn't until years later that I caught it on a TV broadcast. I'd missed the credit titles but it wasn't long before I recognized the distinctive style of the musical scorer, the incredibly prolific Hugo Friedhofer. Check out his credits on the IMDb site dedicated to him and you'll be amazed at the number of projects on which he worked, both credited and uncredited. This movie focussed on a love story with a fairly heavy emphasis on its sexual aspect, discreetly cleaned up for the presumably conservative audiences of the mid-Fifties. But Hugo's music leaves no doubt as to what's going on but isn't being graphically depicted. Twentieth produced and released a lot of product around that time that took full advantage of CinemaScope and color, as well as their own system of multi-track stereophonic sound. With the locations used for this one, it would be a treat to see a theatrical presentation of this film, despite its flaws. It's a genuine artifact of what the movie moguls foisted on the adult audiences of the day. And besides Jane Russell in a role especially tailored to her, ahem!, talents, it's got Agnes Moorehead, who always added a special frisson to every role she played.


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