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Sadie Thompson (1928)

Unrated | | Drama | 7 January 1928 (USA)
A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (story), Raoul Walsh (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Alfred Davidson
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Alfred Davidson
Charles Lane Charles Lane ... Dr. Angus McPhail
Florence Midgley Florence Midgley ... Mrs. Angus McPhail
James A. Marcus ... Joe Horn, the trader
Sofia Ortega Sofia Ortega ... Ameena
Will Stanton ... Quartermaster Bates
Raoul Walsh ... Sergeant Timothy 'Tim' O'Hara
Gloria Swanson ... Sadie Thompson
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Storyline

Sadie Thompson arrives in Pago-Pago to start a new life, but when extremist missionary Davidson lashes out against her lifestyle and tries to force her back to San Francisco, she may lose her second chance. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Base On the Stage Success "RAIN" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

7 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La frágil voluntad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(reconstructed) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first of Gloria Swanson's three Oscar nominations for best actress. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Davidson: Kneel, Sadie Thompson, kneel and repent!
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 97 minutes. Out of circulation for decades because the final reel of the picture was destroyed due to film decay. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) See more »

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Stunning Swanson!
6 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

What a performance - Swanson bursts out of the screen, as Somerset Maugham's prostitute heroine trapped on a tropical island with a crusading parson and a sexy sergeant. And Lionel Barrymore as the parson and the director Raoul Walsh as the sergeant are her match. This is silent acting at its best.

Yes the piece is a little stagey and the action too confined for a silent picture, but when the photography is as brilliant as it is here - who cares? It deservedly won the first ever Oscar for cinematography.

This is a passionate and beautiful production. What a tragedy that the last few minutes have been lost. They have been reconstructed using titles and stills - but how I would have loved to have seen the scene when Barrymore rapes Swanson. It must have been breathtaking. Don't miss this film.


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