The pleasures of the flesh confront the discipline of the Lord's teachings in this screen adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's story Miss Sadie Thompson. Sadie Thompson (Joan Crawford) is a sassy streetwalker who lands in Pago Pago in the South Pacific after an epidemic grounds the ship on which she's booked passage. Sadie's shapely legs, free spirit, and quick wit soon attract the attention of a group of American soldiers stationed on the island; while most are motivated by simple lust, the naive Sgt. O'Hara (William Gargan) falls head over heels for Sadie, thoroughly unaware of her checkered past and shameful profession. Rev. Alfred Davidson (Walter Huston), a fire-and-brimstone preacher bent on bringing salvation to the soldiers, is fully aware of Sadie's occupation and moral code, and is determined to convince her to change her ways. Sadie slowly but surely is softened by Davidson's conviction, but the preacher soon finds himself affected by her sensual presence; O'Hara also learns the truth about Sadie, but hatches his own plan to reform her -- marriage. While a box office failure in 1932, Rain has gone on to become a cult favorite, thanks to Crawford's vivid performance as Sadie and director Lewis Milestone's adventurous visual style. … More
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First I have to comment that I saw this on a $2 DVD, therefore, the picture and sound quality was extremely poor. I could not actually hear some of the talking which may have reduced my understanding of the movie, leading to a lower rating than deserved.
I mainly enjoyed this. It must have been quite risque in its day to show Joan Crawford as a prostitute (I hasten to add nothing is actually seen!). The religious fanatic character must have also been controversial.
Really quite a dark little story. Acting at time seemed a little hammy, but as stated, quality of film not so great, plus it is very old. Liked the ending a lot. I found Joan's brainwashed girl more convincing than the prostitute, which was why it worked so well.
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