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Sadie Thompson (1928)

Sadie Thompson (1928)




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A fugitive prostitute finds romance and redemption on a South Seas island.

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Gloria Swanson
as Sadie Thompson
Lionel Barrymore
as Alfred Atkinson
Blanche Frederici
as Mrs. Atkinson
Raoul Walsh
as Sgt. Tim O'Hara
Blanche Federici
as Mrs. Atkinson
Charles Lane
as Dr. McPhail
Florence Midgley
as Mrs. McPhail
James Marcus
as Joe Horn
Will Stanton
as Quartermaster Bates
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Critic Reviews for Sadie Thompson

All Critics (6)

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

April 27, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

September 25, 2009 | Full Review…

Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore are terrific.

January 1, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Fair drama, of note for Raoul Walsh as actor, and comments against the Religious Right

May 28, 2005 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Sadie Thompson

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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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
Stella Dallas

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