Rain

Rain

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Director: Lewis Milestone

Cast: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, William Gargan

     
 

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The pleasures of the flesh confront the discipline of the Lord's teachings in this screen adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's story Miss Sadie Thompson. Sadie Thompson (Joan Crawford) is a sassy streetwalker who lands in Pago Pago in the South Pacific after an epidemic grounds the ship on which she's booked passage. Sadie's shapely legs, free spirit, and quick

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The pleasures of the flesh confront the discipline of the Lord's teachings in this screen adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's story Miss Sadie Thompson. Sadie Thompson (Joan Crawford) is a sassy streetwalker who lands in Pago Pago in the South Pacific after an epidemic grounds the ship on which she's booked passage. Sadie's shapely legs, free spirit, and quick wit soon attract the attention of a group of American soldiers stationed on the island; while most are motivated by simple lust, the naive Sgt. O'Hara (William Gargan) falls head over heels for Sadie, thoroughly unaware of her checkered past and shameful profession. Rev. Alfred Davidson (Walter Huston), a fire-and-brimstone preacher bent on bringing salvation to the soldiers, is fully aware of Sadie's occupation and moral code, and is determined to convince her to change her ways. Sadie slowly but surely is softened by Davidson's conviction, but the preacher soon finds himself affected by her sensual presence; O'Hara also learns the truth about Sadie, but hatches his own plan to reform her -- marriage. While a box office failure in 1932, Rain has gone on to become a cult favorite, thanks to Crawford's vivid performance as Sadie and director Lewis Milestone's adventurous visual style.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
In the first sound film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's play, young MGM "flapper" star Joan Crawford's turn as Miss Sadie Thompson revealed that she could play more than just a spirited modern girl. As the South Seas prostitute reformed and then violated by Walter Huston's fire-and-brimstone preacher, Crawford matches Huston's intensity and reveals the depth of emotions behind Sadie's slatternly, free-wheeling façade. The lush, nocturnal tropical setting with its copious precipitation and Polynesian drum music enhances the sensuality of the conflict between spirit and carnality, while director Lewis Milestone's mobile camera and telling visual touches (like Sadie's choice of shoes) offset the potential staginess of a theatrical adaptation. A flop in 1932, Rain has since recovered its artistic reputation, particularly for Crawford's then-shocking "realism" as Sadie. The play was first adapted as Sadie Thompson in 1928 with Gloria Swanson, then re-made again in 1953 as Miss Sadie Thompson with Rita Hayworth.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
UPC:
0089218432896
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
35,132

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Sadie Thompson
Walter Huston Rev. Alfred Davidson
William Gargan Sgt. O'Hara
Guy Kibbee Joe Horn
Walter Catlett Quartermaster Bates
Beulah Bondi Mrs. Davidson
Matt Moore Dr. MacPhail
Kendall Lee Mrs. Macphail
Ben Hendricks Gtiggs
Frederic Howard Hodgson
Mary Shaw Ameena

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director,Producer
W. Somerset Maugham Source Author
Maxwell Anderson Screenwriter
John Colton Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
Duncan Mansfield Editor
Oliver Marsh Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Joseph M. Schenck Producer
Nate Watt Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [14:38]
2. Chapter 2 [16:20]
3. Chapter 3 [17:31]
4. Chapter 4 [15:26]
5. Chapter 5 [16:43]
6. Chapter 6 [12:50]

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Rain 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KD64 More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie 40 years ago on TV. The DVD arrived quickly and in excellent condition. I absolutely loved watching this old movie again. Early Joan Crawford at her best. I promise you'll love the ending.
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