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Sadie Thompson (1928)

Unrated | | Drama | 7 January 1928 (USA)
A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (story), Raoul Walsh (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Alfred Davidson
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Alfred Davidson
Charles Lane Charles Lane ... Dr. Angus McPhail
Florence Midgley Florence Midgley ... Mrs. Angus McPhail
James A. Marcus James A. Marcus ... Joe Horn, the trader
Sofia Ortega Sofia Ortega ... Ameena
Will Stanton ... Quartermaster Bates
Raoul Walsh ... Sergeant Timothy 'Tim' O'Hara
Gloria Swanson ... Sadie Thompson
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Storyline

Sadie Thompson arrives in Pago-Pago to start a new life, but when extremist missionary Davidson lashes out against her lifestyle and tries to force her back to San Francisco, she may lose her second chance. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Base On the Stage Success "RAIN" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The musical version of Sadie Thompson opened at the Alvin Theater on November 16, 1944 and ran for 60 performances. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Mr. and Mrs. Davidson each write a quotation in the ship's autograph book. Their handwriting appears identical, revealing that neither actor actually wrote what is shown on screen. See more »

Quotes

Sadie Thompson: Ever hear the one about the man who was near-sighted?
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Alternate Versions

The 1987 Kino International restored version has a music soundtrack composed and conducted by Joseph Turrin and runs 93 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Live Ghost (1934) See more »

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One of the best silent movies ever made
7 August 2001 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

This was the first version of the W. Somerset Maugham novel "Rain," which was remade in 1932 by the original title and again in 1953 as "Miss Sadie Thompson." Gloria Swanson is amazing in the title role as a prostitute who becomes stranded on the remote Island of Pago Pago. She flirts with a soldier (Raoul Walsh, who was the director), then seduces a respected preacher played by Lionel Barrymore. This certainly can be called one of the "pre-code" films of the 1920s/1930s, before the Hays Code was in effect. For many years the final scenes were lost, so now the restored versions use still photos and new title cards to complete the picture.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

7 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La frágil voluntad See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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