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

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,900,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Beckworth Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The hotel that W. Somerset Maugham stayed at in American Samoa (the model for Trader Horn's) still stands, but for years has been a general store. 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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Soundtracks

Marine Song
Music by Lester Lee
Lyrics by Allan Roberts
Sung by chorus (uncredited)
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Poor Sadie
2 September 2007 | by selffamilySee all my reviews

Poor Sadie - either way she had a tough deal of things. Having never seen the movie "rain" I cannot do a comparison, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. So... taken on its own merits, this is an OK movie, not the best, not the worst. Rita glimmers and gleams like gold in a desert when she arrives, and it spoke heaps for the moral code that did exist that she was able to flick away unwanted attention in those days, apart from the one person who wrote his own code of course. The preacher man with too much power was convincing, (and his snivelling wife), doing what most people with too much power do - becoming corrupted by his own invincibility. Although it appears that a man (any man) offering the sanctuary of married life was the solution to the world's problems, or at least Sadie's, part of me was hoping that she would be able to revert to her original plan and go to New Caledonia. Why she didn't just push Davidson off the cliff when they were talking? But it might have spoiled the story! Not a bad way to spend an hour or so... beautiful colour, interesting story and I suppose a happy ending?


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