Sins of Rachel Cade

The Sins of Rachel Cade

Director: Gordon M. Douglas, Angie Dickinson, Peter Finch, Roger Moore

Cast: Gordon M. Douglas, Angie Dickinson, Peter Finch, Roger Moore

     
 
Rachel Cade (Angie Dickinson), a dedicated American nurse working in the Belgian Congo, meets administrator Henri Derode (Peter Finch) during a native fertility dance. Guess what he tries to do? He doesn't, though, because Rachel falls in love with handsome downed RAF pilot Paul Wilton (Roger Moore). As Paul's wounds heal in the jungle hospital, he and Rachel manage

Overview

Rachel Cade (Angie Dickinson), a dedicated American nurse working in the Belgian Congo, meets administrator Henri Derode (Peter Finch) during a native fertility dance. Guess what he tries to do? He doesn't, though, because Rachel falls in love with handsome downed RAF pilot Paul Wilton (Roger Moore). As Paul's wounds heal in the jungle hospital, he and Rachel manage to find quality time together. After he leaves, a pregnant Rachel turns to the previously rejected Henri for aid and comfort. After an hour or so of further melodramatic complications (including a native uprising), Rachel realizes that it was Henri she loved all along. A standard-issue soap opera from the Warner Bros. factory, The Sins of Rachel Cade was unobtrusively directed by the ubiquitous Gordon M. Douglas. Edward Anhalt adapted the screenplay from a novel by Charles E. Mercer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A totally predictable soap opera with the benefit of an "exotic" setting, The Sins of Rachel Cade is better than its hokey title would suggest, but not enough so as to qualify as a good movie. Chief blame rests with Edward Anhalt's screenplay, although it's quite likely that the novel that served as its source is the real culprit. Certainly, Anhalt's screenplay does have dialogue that's slightly better than average for this kind of melodrama, indicating that the writer knew his story was pure, unadulterated hokum and so was trying to strengthen it in areas other than the plot. Anhalt also tries, to a lesser degree, to flesh out the conflict between the "modern" characters and the "primitives," although audiences viewing Cade today may still find the portrayal of the African tribesmen a bit naïve. Cade would have benefited from a director with a more personal stamp or specific interest in the project, but Gordon M. Douglas' direction is adequate and nothing more. In the title role, Angie Dickinson looks marvelous and does everything that is required of her, but she lacks any really distinctive spark. Roger Moore fares similarly, but Peter Finch does score as the man who truly loves Dickinson.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316126790
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
14,042

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Performance Credits
Angie Dickinson Rachel Cade
Peter Finch Col. Henri Derode
Roger Moore Paul Wilton
Errol John Kulu
Woody Strode Muwango
Juano Hernandez Kalanumu
Mary Wickes Marie Grieux
Scatman Crothers Musinga
Rafer Johnson Kosongo
Charles Wood Mzimba
Douglas Spencer Dr. Bikel
Frederick O'Neal Buderga
Chuck Wood Mzimba

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Edward Anhalt Screenwriter
Gordon Bau Makeup
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Owen Marks Editor
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
James Truitte Choreography

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