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Rain (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 12 October 1932 (USA)
A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man.

Director:

Lewis Milestone (uncredited)

Writers:

John Colton (play), Clemence Randolph (play) (as C. Randolph) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Sadie Thompson
Walter Huston ... Alfred Davidson
Fred Howard Fred Howard ... Hodgson (as Frederic Howard)
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Griggs (as Ben Hendricks)
William Gargan ... Sergeant O'Hara
Mary Shaw Mary Shaw ... Ameena
Guy Kibbee ... Joe Horn
Kendall Lee Kendall Lee ... Mrs. Macphail
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Davidson
Matt Moore ... Dr. Macphail
Walter Catlett ... Quartermaster Bates
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Storyline

For residents on the idyllic South Seas island of Pago Pago, life is simple until a boat arrives carrying two couples, the Davidsons (who are missionaries), the MacPhails and a prostitute named Sadie Thompson. Davidson is more than just a religious zealot; he's a mad man. When the boat, which was en route to another port, is temporarily stranded on the island due to a possible Cholera outbreak on-board, Sadie spends her time "partying" with the American soldiers stationed on the island. Her behavior, however, is more than the Davidsons can stand and soon Mr. Davidson confronts Sadie about her evil ways and offers salvation. When Sadie rebels and the attempted redemption does not go as planned, Davidson arranges to have her sent back to San Francisco, where she fled some years ago due to mysterious personal issues. Davidson soon becomes unhinged and thus begins a series of surprising events which culminate in disaster. Written by Eva1-1

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A woman without shame. A woman without soul.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Regn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Feature Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (1938 Atlantic Reissue)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The characters of "Sadie Thompson" and the preacher were spoofed several times by Sonny and Cher on their TV series "The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour" (1971-1974) in a recurring skit called "The Vamps." See more »

Goofs

Camera's shadow falls across the backs of the missionaries as they sit around the table in the general store. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Davidson: From now on you will be strong. There is to be no more fear. Radiant... beautiful... you will be one of the daughters of the King. That's what you are now, Sadie, one of the daughters of the King... radiant... beautiful.
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Referenced in The Live Ghost (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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A Fine Film and Performance - Crawford Was Wrong!
17 August 1999 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

For reasons that likely have much to do with her self-perceptions, insecurities, and desires for her screen image, Joan Crawford never liked her performance in this fine film. I do not know why; she was never better. The first talkie of the classic Jeanne Eagels' play "Rain", it was effective in every way even though it uses many old-time editing cuts and inserts. They actually worked, and I liked the direction very much, too. Huston was fine as the sanctimonious but sincere preacher trying to convert the "loose woman" Sadie Thompson - but in the end loses the battle, something I wish was shown, but then it wasn't in the play or book so I shouldn't expect it. A fine film, and the antique-type music adds to the effect. See the IMDb review of the serviceble Rita Hayworth version, "Sadie Thompson", and the horrid movie on the life of the actress, "Jeanne Eagels" which contains scenes with Kim Novak trying to recreate the stage play.


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