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Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 17 February 1954 (Japan)
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A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writer:

Harry Kleiner (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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
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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>

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RITA turns it loose! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Rita Hayworth's singing was dubbed by Jo Ann Greer or possibly India Adams, depending on different sources according to the AFI Catalog entry for this film. 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 Thompson: [singing] She taught school in Kansas City, She was cold and rather drab. So, at all the local parties, she was not the one they grabbed. But, she read a book and then - came - the transformation. She announced one night, to people's consternation: The Heat is On. The Heat is On. You better not get near my lips at night. I got a kiss like a flame. And if you touch my lips you might ignite and you would have yourself to blame. The Heat is On. The Heat is On...
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Referenced in Pappoudes en drasei: Episode #1.2 (2000) 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)
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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?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,900,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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