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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

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Taglines:

A woman without shame. A woman without soul.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

This is the second film version of the short story, "Rain". The first in 1928 was called "Sadie Thompson" as the story and title were on the "forbidden list to be filmed. It starred Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore and brought Swanson the first of her three Oscar nominations. The third was called "Miss Sadie Thompson" and starred Rita Hayworth. See more »

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

Quotes

Sadie Thompson: Mighty glad you aren't sore at me, 'cause, well, I like to keep friends with everybody.
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Referenced in The Live Ghost (1934) See more »

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St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Tense Drama; Sometimes Uncomfortable But Holds Your Attention
31 May 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

One of several versions of the often-retold story of Sadie Thompson, "Rain" is a tense drama that focuses effectively on the tension between two very different persons, portrayed by Joan Crawford and Walter Huston. While not always convincing, it holds the viewer's attention to the end, and often gives us plenty to think about.

Crawford plays Sadie, a young woman with an immoral past, and Huston is Reverend Davidson, a fire-and-brimstone preacher who is stuck with Sadie and several other travelers for a time on a tropical island. A series of confrontations between the two follows, initiated by the reverend, who is outraged by Sadie's character and behavior. The other characters observe, comment, and occasionally try to intervene. Meanwhile, the island is engulfed in an endless, torrential rain, providing an eerily effective backdrop to the story.

As the story proceeds, the two characters begin to affect each other in significant ways. Sometimes these changes seem too sudden and not entirely believable, and at other times they are very believable but discomforting in what they reveal about the characters and about human nature. The cast helps get past some awkward moments with some good acting, and this keeps the viewer interested in how it all will turn out.

"Rain" will not be to everyone's liking, but it is a thought-provoking story that should be of interest to anyone who enjoys psychological drama.


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