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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?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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

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 »

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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Oh My, Who, on Oahu
17 December 2006 | by 5NovemberSee all my reviews

I'm not revolting when it comes to enjoying Mamie Stover. The GIs in 1940s Hawaii enjoyed her and so do I. OK, it's not even close to a cinematic masterpiece, but it's worth a gander on a rainy Sunday afternoon when the hubby has on his football. It has stunning Hawaiian locations, a fun if melodramatic script and 20th Century Fox gave it gorgeous Technicolor. It must have had studio head Buddy Adler's blessing because he took producer's credit. If you're a Jane Russell fan, forget "The Outlaw" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Underwater." The Russell you see here is smoldering...! She plays a down-on-her luck woman run out of San Francisco who lands on Oahu where she becomes a... a... a... dancehall hostess. (If they redid Mamie Stover today, it'd have a whole different look.) She makes lots of money and thumbs her pretty nose at her detractors. Maybe because she's called Flaming Mamie, Russell dyed her dark tresses to a shimmering red and natural redhead Agnes Moorehead, owner of the gin joint where Mamie works, has become a blonde. Aggie never made a film that she didn't elevate to a higher level. Michael Pate is wonderfully menacing as the gin joint bouncer/thug. Love interest Richard Egan is too bland and lovely Joan Leslie is wasted in a nothing supporting role. Tough-guy director Raoul Walsh, who had just finished directing tough-girl Russell in "The Tall Men," knew how to best display her acting chops and sultry good looks. Mmmmmm, whatever Mamie wants...


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