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Prostitute Sadie Thompson strikes-up a relationship with a moralistic reverend and various American military men in Pago Pago.

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Joan is caught between the bed and the Bible Aug. 31 2007
By JGC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"Rain" is the story of Sadie Thompson (Joan) who is staying on the island of Pago Pago after she left her home in San Francisco. Sadie is sexy, provocative, outspoken, and very friendly with the male G. I.'s who are also on the island with her.

Sadie's ways really tick off Alfred Davidson (played by Walter Houston). Mr. Davidson is a judgmental, prudish missionary that will not rest until he gets Sadie deported. At first, Sadie has no intention of leaving and becomes incredibly indignant. Sadie says, "you take care of your evil, and I'll take care of mine..." -- words to live by.

But, when she realizes that her deportation would be imminent she becomes very freighted and pleads with Alfred Davidson to allow her to stay.

He doesn't relent, but Sadie changes her ways, nevertheless. She is no longer the flashy dresser or "plaything" for the men on the island and has accepted her deportation (and subsequent prison sentence in San Francisco.)

On the eve of her return there is a climactic outcome and Sadie hightails it to Sydney; back to her old tricks!

Joan Crawford was absolutely devastatingly beautiful in this picture, and her acting was firstrate. The fear in Sadie was so believable; and the anger that Sadie had towards the hypocrisy of the missionaries was purely evident. This is without a doubt Joan's best picture of the 30's.

Poor Joan was crucified for this film (and for many since) when it was first released in 1932. Joan even publicly apologized to her beloved fans (who meant the world to her), because for the first time in her career they turned their back on her! No one wanted to see Joan Crawford play a wanton women of loose morals. They didn't realize that Joan Crawford was born to play the part of Sadie Thompson.

This is one of my favorite Joan Crawford pictures, because her true acting abilities really shine. She also plays a very different character; since she was on loan from MGM she was no longer tied to the sweet love-triangles that they gave her during her heyday in the 30's. This film does remind me of another Joan classic, "Laughing Sinners."
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Poor DVD release Nov. 16 2010
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This isn't one of those product reviews that tells you about the movie, but a real product review.

The image quality hasn't been improved, and you could even think that the transfer was direct from a tape or film in really deplorable quality. It doesn't even contain proper DVD menus, so when you're looking at content, there's no way of going back to the main menu.

There's also no subtitles or caption, so only recommended for English speakers with no hearing problems.

Think more than twice before getting this DVD, unless you're a really big fan of the movie already.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
fine Joan Crawford movie--with an outstanding performance by Walter Huston April 9 2008
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Rain is an excellent Joan Crawford film that features fine acting by the cast; the cinematography and the choreography work well, too. This may have been a flop at the box office back in 1932; but I can see why this movie made it to DVD--it's actually quite a good film.

The action begins when passengers on a boat are unexpectedly stuck on Pago Pago in the South Pacific after an outbreak of cholera. And there couldn't be two more opposite people amongst those passengers--Sadie Thompson (Joan Crawford), a loose woman, and a remarkably charismatic and somewhat nutty missionary named Alfred Davidson (Walter Huston). It isn't long before Sadie and the Marines on Pago Pago get friendly; and Alfred Davidson and his wife (Beulah Bondi) just can't stand it any longer. The Davidsons feel strongly that Sadie is a terrible sinner who must immediately repent for being loose, drinking liquor and dressing too "loudly."

Sadie resists Mr. Davidson's attempts to "reform" her; and the most of the others at the hotel where they're staying generally support Sadie to one degree or another. They do come to fear the political connections Davidson has; and when Davidson complains to the Governor of Pago Pago, Sadie just might be in a whole lot of hot water that even her Marine boyfriend can't help!

Joan Crawford is to be commended for a stunning performance as Sadie Thompson. The transformation of Sadie about one hour into the movie is astounding. Sadie is no longer a loose woman but instead she is now dressed very differently; she even completely agrees with the missionary Alfred Davidson that she must return to San Francisco to repent for her "sins."

Why does Sadie not really want to go back to San Francisco? Will Sadie's Marine boyfriend ever hold off Davidson, or will Davidson win the tug of war over Sadie's future? What makes Sadie change--and will it last? No plot spoilers here, folks--you'll just have to watch the movie and find out!

The DVD has no extras; but the movie held my attention so well it almost doesn't need any extras. The rain that almost constantly pours down on Pago Pago enhances the drama of the story in a good way, too.

Overall, Joan Crawford fans will love this film. Rain is an excellent example of Joan giving an outstanding performance. Look for Walter Huston to give a stunning performance as the missionary Alfred Davidson; and Guy Kibbee fits in well as the owner of the hotel where the action takers place.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An actress out on loan Nov. 13 2013
By Joker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
For a full description of the plot, etc., read other reviews. Just some thoughts on this forgotten movie...

Rain (1932) stars Joan Crawford and Walter Huston. Crawford, under contract with MGM at the time, was out on loan to United Artists to make Rain after the huge success of Grand Hotel (1932). The kind of role Crawford plays in Rain is unlike any of her usual roles she had played up to that point. She usually played heroic roles and shop girl roles. Now she was playing the role of a sinner, a loose woman, a hooker named Sadie Thompson. Audiences at the time couldn't accept Crawford playing such a role, so this movie flopped at the box office. Time has given this movie a huge boost, as modern day audiences accept this movie and Crawford's performance much more easily. Crawford herself didn't like this movie, probably because it bombed. She said that she overacted. I do agree that she did overact in some parts, but Crawford gives a great performance. A different role, yes. But her acting works so well for her character. Crawford looks the part as well, and her entrance in the movie is legendary. This movie is a good example of an actress showing her versatility, but unfortunately the subject matter of the movie and perhaps some tunnel vision by people at the time is what made this a flop in 1932. It's amazing how audiences can't accept an actor playing a different kind of role than what they're accustomed to.

One of the things I like about this movie is the atmosphere. It's a rather dark movie and it rains a lot throughout, hence the title "Rain". I also like the way a lot of the scenes were shot and some of the camera angles. The movie seems ahead of its time.

In my opinion, Rain is one of Crawford's best movies from the 1930s. I think the movie holds up pretty well. I highly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pre-Code film, one of Joan's goodies July 9 2013
By victrola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The story of a bad girl tempting the missionary, man of the cloth, symbol of all that is good and Sadie Thompson is all that is evil.
I thought Joan was quite effective since she always comes off as a bit course to me in all of her films anyway.
Her early scenes with the soldiers on shipboard and then at Guy Kibbee's General Store were probably risqué for the early 30's and I wondered how they were able to get around the code of decency though by today's standards there is nothing to these scenes.
I am a big fan of Walter Huston and Beulah Bondi which made this film all the more enjoyable for me.
This film moves at a good pace and I hope others will want to own it for their film collections.

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