Miss Sadie Thompson

Miss Sadie Thompson

Director: Curtis Bernhardt, Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray

Cast: Curtis Bernhardt, Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray

     
 

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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 José 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

Overview

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 José 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.""

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Somerset Maugham purists might as well look elsewhere than Miss Sadie Thompson for a satisfying version of the author's tale of carnal and spiritual lust. Thanks to the Production Code (and who knows what other outside forces), Sadie is nothing more than a late-in-her-career Rita Hayworth vehicle, with the added "bonus" of 3-D thrown in. Mind you, if you're going to take a ride in a vehicle, then Hayworth is a mighty fine person to have behind the wheel. Of course, even this screen goddess needs to have an engine with some sort of power in it, and Sadie is sadly lacking in cylinders. The source material has been bowdlerized, which doesn't help; but the lifeless dialogue and cardboard characters with which the cast have been saddled make matters worse. José Ferrer doesn't seem to have his heart in his work, and Aldo Ray is simply unbelievable. That leaves Hayworth, in great form, to carry the picture with her magnetism, personality, and sensuality. These come through most effectively in the handful of musical numbers, especially the incredible "The Heat Is On," one of the most blazingly erotic dance segments to be put on the screen. Give Hayworth the chance to set the screen on fire and she certainly delivers; it can't raise Miss Sadie Thompson to great art, but it does make it memorable.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2013
UPC:
0043396427723
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
3,702

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Hayworth Sadie Thompson
José Ferrer Alfred Davidson
Aldo Ray Sgt. Phil O'Hara
Russell Collins Dr. Robert McPhail
Peggy Converse Margaret Davidson
Diosa Costello Ameena Horn
Harry Bellaver Joe Horn
Charles Buchinsky Edwards
Wilton Graff Governor
Henry Slate Pvt. Griggs
Rudy Bond Hodges
Frances Morris Mrs. MacPhail
Peter Chong Chung
John Grossett Reverend
Johnny Duncan Marine
Charles Horvath Actor
Ted Jordan Actor
Al Kikume Native Secretary
Count Billy Varga Actor
H. Tom Hart Actor
Ben Harris Actor
Robert G. Anderson Dispatcher
Fred Letuli Native Messenger

Technical Credits
Curtis Bernhardt Director
Carl Anderson Art Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
George Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
George Duning Score Composer
Harry Kleiner Screenwriter
Viola Lawrence Editor
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Lester Lee Score Composer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Scott Choreography
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Wald Producer

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