Sadie Thompson (1928)
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.
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Critic Reviews for Sadie Thompson
Gloria Swanson received her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for the silent version of Somerset Maugham's famous story, directed by Raoul Walsh.
Confirms Walsh's robust chivalry and, as in Queen Kelly, Swanson's personal triumph
Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore are terrific.
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 directorsMore
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