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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)
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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:

Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,900,000, 31 December 1953
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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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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

Pvt. Griggs: Let the word out and she'll hit this rock like the A-bomb!
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Connections

Featured in Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Sadie Thompson's Song (The Blue Pacific Blues)
(uncredited)
Music by Ned Washington and Lester Lee
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer)
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disappointing
18 April 2004 | by Harlequin_1998See all my reviews

I was so excited to find this movie...two of my favorite actors together! But the movie just doesn't work. It can't get the spirit of its author (and what a sour spirit) because of censorship, nor does it try to get into the minds of fundamentalist Christians (I don't think the filmmakers could). It's very sad because you see glimpses of greatness. Ferrer and Hayworth seem to be struggling without a director to deliver, but the soundstagey mess of a film overtakes them. The supporting actors aren't very good. If this film had been made with some grittiness, maybe it would have succeeded. But as it is, it's a messy hodgepodge.(the story is definitely not obsolete. we can see versions of it with Jessica Hahn and Jim Bakker, etc.)


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