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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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Rita Hayworth turns it on... in 3D! 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:

W. Somerset Maugham's Miss Sadie Thompson 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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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

Sgt. O'Hara: There's enough sweat in the South Pacific to float a battleship.
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Referenced in Pappoudes en drasei: Episode #1.2 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Marine Song
Music by Lester Lee
Lyrics by Allan Roberts
Sung by chorus (uncredited)
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Good (though not great)
18 July 2009 | by Lucas3820See all my reviews

Having read some of the comments about this film I must disagree with much of the criticism made against this film. I have seen the 1932 Joan Crawford film "Rain", and while I agree that it is more successful in creating the mood and tone which is required for the story I consider this film version to have its own virtues. Rita Hayworth is good as Sadie (although unlike Joan Crawford she presents herself most of the time a a happy go lucky sort whereas with Crawford it is always apparent that she has a "bad" past)and Jose Ferrer is solid as Mr. Davidson. The location and Photography also add a great deal to the telling of this simple yet powerful story.


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