6.0/10
1,193
29 user 22 critic

Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 5 July 1954 (Sweden)
A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writer:

Harry Kleiner (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nightclub singer and her brother-in-law try to find her husband's killer.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The friendship between two tramp boat owners is threatened by the arrival of a beautiful and seductive passenger.

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In order to cover up his philandering ways, a married Broadway producer sets one of his dancers up on a date with a chorus girl for whom he had bought a gift, but the two dancers fall in love for real.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley
Adventure | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A beautiful but amoral gypsy girl entices a young dragoon to betray his honor and get cashiered from the service, and for her sake he soon turns to a life of crime.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Ron Randell
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In 1856, the first U.S. Consul General to Japan encounters the hostility of the local authorities and the love of a young geisha.

Director: John Huston
Stars: John Wayne, Eiko Ando, Sam Jaffe
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A photographer for Life magazine comes to London to do a story on a local theater troupe which never missed a performance during World War II. Flashbacks also reveal the backstage love ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman, Janet Blair
Down to Earth (1947)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Upset about a new Broadway musical's mockery of Greek mythology, the goddess Terpsichore comes down to earth and lands a part in the show. She works her charms on the show's producer and he... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, Marc Platt
Salome (1953)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After her banishment from Rome, Jewish Princess Salome returns to her Roman-ruled native land of Galilee where prophet John the Baptist preaches against Salome's parents, King Herod and Queen Herodias.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton
Taxi! (1932)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Independent cab drivers struggling against a taxi company consortium find a leader in Matt Nolan.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone
Pal Joey (1957)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Joey Evans is charming, handsome, funny, talented, and a first class, A-number-one heel. When Joey meets the former chorus girl ("She used to be 'Vera...with the Vanishing Veils'") and now ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Cover Girl (1944)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rusty Parker wins a contest and becomes a celebrated cover girl; this endangers her romance with dancing mentor Danny.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A struggling author and his wife suddenly become wealthy and move to the suburbs. Divorced neighbor and "companion" aid marital misconstrual which almost culminates in a divorce.

Director: John Rich
Stars: Janet Leigh, Van Johnson, Shelley Winters
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Sadie Thompson
José Ferrer ... Alfred Davidson (as Jose Ferrer)
Aldo Ray ... Sgt. Phil O'Hara
Russell Collins ... Dr. Robert MacPhail
Diosa Costello ... Ameena Horn
Harry Bellaver ... Joe Horn
Wilton Graff ... Governor
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Margaret Davidson
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Pvt. Griggs
Rudy Bond ... Pvt. Hodges
Charles Bronson ... Pvt. Edwards (as Charles Buchinsky)
Frances Morris ... Mrs. MacPhail
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

RITA TURNS ON THE HEAT IN 3D (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

W. Somerset Maugham's Miss Sadie Thompson See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,900,000, 31 December 1953
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Beckworth Corporation See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is a "Personal Pick" of Robert Osborne, who is the host for Turner Classic Movies. He considers Rita Hayworth of be "the definitive" Sadie Thompson. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sadie: I know how to handle it, honey.
See more »

Connections

Version of Rain (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Hear No Evil, See No Evil (Speak No Evil)
(uncredited)
Music by Lester Lee
Lyrics by Allan Roberts
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Religious hypocrisy in 3-D, whoopee
10 September 2006 | by CharlieDyerSee 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?


16 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed