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The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 22 June 1956 (Belgium)
Set in the early '40s, a San Francisco prostitute is run out of town just as the second World War has begun to intensify. Mamie settles down in Hawaii, hoping to start a new life. Though ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay by), William Bradford Huie (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Russell ... Mamie Stover
Richard Egan ... Jim Blair
Joan Leslie ... Annalee Johnson
Agnes Moorehead ... Bertha Parchman
Jorja Curtright ... Jackie
Michael Pate ... Harry Adkins
Richard Coogan ... Captain Eldon Sumac
Alan Reed ... Captain Gorecki
Eddie Firestone ... Tarzan
Jean Willes ... Gladys
Leon Lontoc ... Aki
Kathy Marlowe Kathy Marlowe ... Zelda
Margia Dean ... Peaches
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Bartender
John Halloran John Halloran ... Henry - Club Bouncer
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Set in the early '40s, a San Francisco prostitute is run out of town just as the second World War has begun to intensify. Mamie settles down in Hawaii, hoping to start a new life. Though her prospects look good when she falls in love with a science-fiction writer who treats her with the respect she deserves, the dawning war and the fallacies of her previous lifestyle complicate their budding romance. Mamie cannot fully remove herself from her former profession, and provides some of her old services to the sailors stationed in town. Searching for another means of financial security, Mamie invests in several pieces of real estate and becomes quite wealthy, though her bad reputation has not been forgotten by the locals. Written by alfiehitchie

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Why Did Mamie Stover Have to Leave San Francisco?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1956 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Bungalow der Frauen See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55:1
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Trivia

Lana Turner was considered for the lead role in this film. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in 1941-1942, all the women's fashion styles are from 1956. See more »

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Referenced in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)
(uncredited)
Original music by Prince Leleiohoku (song "Kaua i ka Huahua'i (We Two in the Spray)") (1860)
Revised music by Johnny Noble (1929)
Played when Jim goes to the bar looking for Mamie
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Hooker w/o Heart of Gold
14 January 2009 | by ilprofessore-1See all my reviews

Shot partially on location in Hawaii and at the Twentieth Century Fox studios in Los Angeles in 1956, this film recreates the atmosphere of the islands before and during the Second World War. Because of her Amazonian good looks and the notorious publicity associated with "The Outlaw" few critics have given Jane Russell her due as a dramatic actress. In this film, directed expertly by the old-hand Raoul Walsh, she plays a no-nonsense out-on-her-luck prostitute –-here disguised in the usual Hollywood manner as a dance hall hostess—who falls for the rich guy on the hill. Unlike the other sex-goddesses of her time, foremost of all Marilyn Monroe who had been offered the part and turned it down, Jane shows none of that little-girl innocence and vulnerability of her sexy competitors; here she is as tough as nails, a big tomboy with a great body who knows exactly what she has and what it's worth. All business. Particularly memorable is a heated scene with Richard Egan in which she explains why she is obsessed with making money. It is probably one of the most convincing portrayals of a hooker without a heart of gold in film.


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