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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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Storyline

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?

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Drama

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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

The HQ of the 110th U.S. Army division is fictitious. The 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions were in Hawaii at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and were headquartered at Schofield Barracks on Oahu. These two divisions were formed from the Army's Hawaiian Division in 1941. As of 2016, it is still the home of the 25th Division. See more »

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The red convertible that Jim drives is a 1946 model. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

If You Wanna See Mamie Tonight
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung on the phonograph by The Ames Brothers
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Great dramatic romance
14 September 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Jane Russell may be famous for singing in musical comedies, but she did get her start in a drama, and with The Revolt of Mamie Stover, she reminds the audience she's able to hold her own in that genre. She starts the movie literally getting escorted out of town by the police, forced to leave San Francisco because "her kind" is causing too much trouble. With the censorship board still in full force in 1956, it's amazing such a blatant show of prostitution made it into the movie.

Jane hops a boat to Honolulu, and it isn't long before she gets a job as a "hostess" in a dance club, run by the tough Agnes Moorehead. Part of what I really liked about this movie was the lack of the "hooker with a heart of gold" theme in Jane's character, or in any of the other girls in the club. Jane's primary motivation is money so she can return to her hometown and show everyone she made good, and she doesn't care how she earns it. Even when Richard Egan falls for her and asks her to give up her job, she can't do it. Jane has caught too many bad breaks to trust one man to make everything alright. She may make shrewd decisions, but you understand why she makes them.

If you liked From Here to Eternity, you'll love The Revolt of Mamie Stover. It's got nice music from Hugo Friedhofer, a solid performance from the beautiful Jane Russell, and plenty of scenes that show off her legs. The romance isn't exactly traditional, but it's sweet in its own way and just might cause a lump in your throat. Give it a watch!


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