Sadie Thompson (1928)


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The first screen rendering of Somerset Maugham's story Rain, features Gloria Swanson as the hard-living South Seas prostitute who falls for a tough marine (director Raoul Walsh), while being hounded almost to death by a puritanical local. Remade twice, the current restoration of this silent is still missing key sequences.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Colton, Raoul Walsh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 2001
Kino on Video


as Sadie Thompson

as Alfred Atkinson

as Mrs. Atkinson

as Sgt. Tim O'Hara

as Mrs. Atkinson

as Dr. McPhail

as Mrs. McPhail

as Joe Horn

as Quartermaster Bates
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Critic Reviews for Sadie Thompson

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Gloria Swanson received her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for the silent version of Somerset Maugham's famous story, directed by Raoul Walsh.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011

Confirms Walsh's robust chivalry and, as in Queen Kelly, Swanson's personal triumph

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore are terrific.

January 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for Sadie Thompson


the first adaptation of maugham's famous story, the film stars gloria swanson and director raoul walsh as well as an over the top lionel barrymore as the self appointed moral authority of the islands. swanson was nominated for an oscar here and walsh is terrific as the marine who falls for her. great screen presence! his acting career ended shortly after this when he lost an eye to a fateful jackrabbit through the windshield encounter and became the first of hollywood's dashing eye-patch wearing directors

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

The version that I saw was crackling with wear and took me out of the film a bit I'm afraid. Gloria Swanson who is so terrific in Sunset Boulevard doesn't quite measure up here.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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