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Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 23 December 1953 (USA)
A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Sadie Thompson
... Alfred Davidson (as Jose Ferrer)
... Sgt. Phil O'Hara
... Dr. Robert MacPhail
... Ameena Horn
... Joe Horn
... Governor
Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Margaret Davidson
Henry Slate ... Pvt. Griggs
Rudy Bond ... Pvt. Hodges
... Pvt. Edwards (as Charles Buchinsky)
... Mrs. MacPhail
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At a lonely military outpost on American Samoa, sticky heat alternates with torrential rain. A ship quarantine strands here Sadie Thompson, a "breezy dame" who sets the Marines afire... and self-righteous Mr. Davidson, powerful head of the Mission Board, who suspects Sadie is a fugitive from the notorious Emerald Club of Honolulu. Meanwhile, Sadie is courted by crude but good-hearted Marine Sgt. Phil O'Hara. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She's out for all she can get!...And in for all kinds of trouble! See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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23 December 1953 (USA)  »

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$2,900,000, 31 December 1953
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Aldo Ray sits in a hut with natives, trying to find a place for Rita Hayworth in the village. The language used is Samoan. The native says, "Leai se potu," meaning "no room." Ray replies politely but then ends the conversation with, "Alu," which doesn't mean "good-bye" but rather something like, "Get out of here." It's what Samoans say when they shoo animals away from the food or chase children out of the house. See more »

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Sergeant O'Hara's shirt is wet with sweat as he leaves the radio tent but dry as he exits. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Edwards: What do you want me to do, evaporate?
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Soundtracks

The Heat Is On!
(uncredited)
Music by Lester Lee
Lyrics by Allan Roberts
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer)
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Religious hypocrisy in 3-D, whoopee
10 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Imagine Pat Robertson pointing his boney crazy fingers out of the screen at you and you've got the picture.

Just saw this at the World 3-D Film Expo and it was quite enjoyable. The movie has great depth and wasn't filmed in a really gimmicky 3-D style. The transitions between location and sound stage work was fairly seamless and there were scenes I really wasn't certain if they were shot in Hollywood or the South Pacific.

It's always interesting to stumble on old movies like these that resonate more than 50 years later. How much and how little has changed when it comes to religious zealots...hhmmm?


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