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Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Miss Sadie Thompson




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Set in New Caledonia (though filmed in Hawaii), Miss Sadie Thompson is a heavily laundered adaptation of Somerset Maugham's Rain, with Rita Hayworth in the title role and Josť Ferrer as the pious Alfred Davidson. To satisfy the censors, Sadie is no longer a whore but a nightclub entertainer "with a past," while Davidson is not a minister but a lay preacher. The end result, however, is about the same, with Davidson trying to save Sadie's soul, only to lose his own in the process. Aldo Ray co-stars in the beefed-up role of the marine sergeant who harbors a crush for the colorful Miss Thompson. Highlights include Rita Hayworth's rendition of the musical numbers "The Heat is On" (later parodied by Muriel Landers in the 1957 Three Stooges comedy Sweet and Hot), "Blue Pacific Blues," and ""Hear No Evil, Seek No Evil.""more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
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Written By: Harry Kleiner
Columbia Pictures


Rita Hayworth
as Sadie Thompson
Aldo Ray
as Sgt. Phil O'Hara
Russell Collins
as Dr. Robert McPhail
Diosa Costello
as Ameena Horn
Wilton Graff
as Governor
Peggy Converse
as Mrs. Margaret Davids...
Josť Ferrer
as Alfred Davidson
Rudy Bond
as Hodges
Frances Morris
as Mrs. MacPhail
John Grossett
as Reverend
Ben Harris
as Marine
Ted Jordan
as Marine
Joe McCabe
as Native
Al Kikume
as Native Secretary
Fred Letuli
as Native Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Miss Sadie Thompson

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A watered-down adaptation of Somerset Maugham's Rain.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

September 22, 2006

Audience Reviews for Miss Sadie Thompson


Rita's good, Aldo brutish and Jose the same pompous jerk he usually played in the grand manner.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

It's a little crazy how much Rita Hayworth was under-appreciated for her acting in Hollywood. She didn't just bring forth the strong, femme fatale type of attitude, but also a lot of tenderness, and it was especially evident in Miss Sadie Thompson. As I understand, the source material was heavily censored in this picture, but it's still enjoyable due to Haworth, fun musical numbers, and good story.


a watered down version of this skip this and see the 1932 version while not in technicolor better version of this

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