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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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Now on DVD, this film contains an interesting story with fine acting (admittedly the acting is a little stagey, but in 1932 that tended to be the style, as talkies were in their infancy and actors were still getting comfortable with how to project, emote, etc. for film).
What makes this film interesting is the controversial subject matter it dealt with. In many ways it tackled stuff that, once the Production Code went into full swing, would become verboten. These subjects include prostitution, criminality, religious fanaticism, hypocrisy, rape and suicide. And it deals with these controversial subjects in a sensitive and intelligent manner.
Briefly, a group of travelers are stranded on the tropical island of Pago Pago. One of these is Crawford. She plays Sadie Thompson, a prostitute on the run from the law in the United States. She was framed for a crime she didn't commit and has fled the US rather than face three years in prison.
Also in the group of travelers is a missionary and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Davidson (played by Walter Houston and Beulah Bondi, respectively). While it is never clear exactly what church they represent, it is clear that what they do represent is self-righteous intolerance for anyone or anything that isn't exactly the way the Davidsons think they should be. They object to Sadie and everything she stands for - to them she is a "wanton woman" in need of redemption.Read more ›
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
Also, the actors are projecting their voices far too much. I understand that in 1932 sound was in its infancy, but I have seen other films of the period where there was natural-sounding dialogue.
The placement of the characters appears to have been gathered from the stage version, as well. No one's back ever is to the camera, and people walk while talking and not at other times.
The acting, however, given the other situations, is exemplary. Joan Crawford is good (though not great) as Sadie, however Walter Huston appears to be playing a one-note zealot, at least until the one scene when he falls prey to his baser instincts. He uses dramatic facial expression to show this change, but unfortunately, it only looked to me as if he were about to turn into Mr. Hyde.
The other characters are really just spouting dialogue and we aren't told much about them, other than the proprietor of the General Store where the action takes place, Joe Horn. He is the most interesting character in the film.
It was very slow going (I was not previously familiar with the storyline), but after the first half hour, I began to follow and was entertained.
I think that it is at the very least a good look at cinema history: to see early Joan Crawford work from when she was a sex symbol, and to catch Walter Huston before son John directed him to an Oscar in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Although in order to appreciate director Lewis Milestone's true ability, see All Quiet on the Western Front, The Front Page, or the Lon Chaney, Jr./Burgess Meredith version of Of Mice and Men.
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the first time i saw the film was when i saw it in the sale in virgin mega stores.so i picked it up and put it on straight away a soon as i got home and i was totally amazed with... Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by carly
This movie was a critical flop at the time of its release, but history has been kinder. Crawford gives one of her best peformances as a bawdy prostitute who falls under the spell... Read morePublished on July 27 2003 by Nelson Aspen
I am a Crawford fan, and also enjoy old B&W movies. But this is just so boring to watch, and you wonder why they bothered going on location to Catalina Island - all you mostly... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2002 by William
Joan Crawford is cast as Sadie Thompson and Walter Huston as the preacher in this 1932 version of the Somerset Maugham classic. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2001 by Linda Linguvic
This 1932 vintage film has a young and sultry Joan Crawford in the role of South Seas trollop Sadie Thompson. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001 by lawyeraau
A fun and fascinating adaptation of Maugham's novel. To create the steamy Pago Pago atmosphere, the entire crew went west of Hollywood! (it was actually filmed on Catalina Island). Read morePublished on July 31 2001
Joan Crawford gets to play the South Seas harlet Sadie Thompson, in RAIN, the second film adaption of the Maughm story. Read morePublished on May 13 2001 by Byron Kolln
I remember seeing this at Theater 80 St. Marks expecting that it would be a "camp"-y good time. I was genuinely surprised at how good it was. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2001 by tmp