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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Stover
Jim Blair
Annalee Johnson
Bertha Parchman
Jorja Curtright ...
Harry Adkins
Richard Coogan ...
Capt. Eldon Sumac
Capt. Gorecki
Eddie Firestone ...
Jean Willes ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Bungalow der Frauen  »

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Did You Know?


Fox publicity materials claim that Jane Russell's hula number, "Keep Your Eyes on the Hands", was not originally in the film. Crew members reputedly heard it sung at a Honolulu nightclub while there to film exteriors, and found it so "perfect" for Russell that it was incorporated into the film. 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 »


Keep Your Eyes on the Hands
Music by Tony Todaro
Lyrics by Mary Johnston
Sung by Jane Russell with a Hula Girl Chorus
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Hooker w/o Heart of Gold
14 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shot partially on location in Hawaii and at the Twentieth Century Fox studios in Los Angeles in 1956, this film recreates the atmosphere of the islands before and during the Second World War. Because of her Amazonian good looks and the notorious publicity associated with "The Outlaw" few critics have given Jane Russell her due as a dramatic actress. In this film, directed expertly by the old-hand Raoul Walsh, she plays a no-nonsense out-on-her-luck prostitute –-here disguised in the usual Hollywood manner as a dance hall hostess—who falls for the rich guy on the hill. Unlike the other sex-goddesses of her time, foremost of all Marilyn Monroe who had been offered the part and turned it down, Jane shows none of that little-girl innocence and vulnerability of her sexy competitors; here she is as tough as nails, a big tomboy with a great body who knows exactly what she has and what it's worth. All business. Particularly memorable is a heated scene with Richard Egan in which she explains why she is obsessed with making money. It is probably one of the most convincing portrayals of a hooker without a heart of gold in film.

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