WriterHarry Kleiner (screenplay) Release dateDecember 23, 1953 (1953-12-23) Based onMiss Thompson
1921 short story
by W. Somerset Maugham CastRita Hayworth (Sadie Thompson), José Ferrer (Alfred Davidson), Aldo Ray (Sgt. Phil O'Hara), Russell Collins (Dr. Robert MacPhail), Diosa Costello (Ameena Horn), Harry Bellaver (Joe Horn) Similar moviesBirdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen, Grease, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast
TaglineRITA TURNS ON THE HEAT IN 3D
Miss sadie thompson trailer
Miss Sadie Thompson is a 1953 American musical 3D film starring Rita Hayworth, Aldo Ray and José Ferrer, and was released by Columbia Pictures. The film is based on the W. Somerset Maugham short story "Miss Thompson" (later retitled "Rain"). Other film versions include Sadie Thompson (1928) starring Gloria Swanson, Rain (1932) starring Joan Crawford, and Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A., a 1946 race film.
A bar girl from Hawaii, a religious zealot and a love-struck Marine struggle with sin and salvation just after World War II while Sadie Thompson kicks out several songs, including the Oscar-nominated "Blue Pacific Blues".
Rita Hayworth as Sadie Thompson
José Ferrer as Alfred Davidson (as José Ferrer)
Aldo Ray as Sgt. Phil O'Hara
Russell Collins as Dr. Robert MacPhail
Diosa Costello as Ameena Horn
Harry Bellaver as Joe Horn
Wilton Graff as Governor
Peggy Converse as Mrs. Margaret Davidson
Henry Slate as Pvt. Griggs
Rudy Bond as Pvt. Hodges
Charles Bronson as Pvt. Edwards (as Charles Buchinsky)
Frances Morri as Mrs. MacPhail
This was Hayworth's third film after her marriage to Prince Aly Khan had kept her off screen for four years. The public eagerly welcomed her return in two previous films Affair in Trinidad and Salome so Columbia gave Miss Sadie Thompson an "A" film budget. 3-D films had become a fad, with some 3-D films drawing huge crowds in major cities, so it was used as well. Exteriors were filmed on the island of Kauai, Hawaii and interiors on the Columbia lot.
The original story of sin and redemption was sanitized to appease the Production Code and several musical numbers were inserted to spice up the tepid reworked plot. As with her previous films, Hayworth's singing was dubbed, this time by Jo Ann Greer. By the time of the premiere on December 23, 1953, interest in 3-D had died down considerably. After a two-week run, all 3-D prints were pulled. The film was given a national release "flat", in other words, in regular prints, minus the 3-D.
Variety wrote, "She catches the feel of the title character well, even to braving completely deglamorizing makeup, costuming and photography to fit her physical appearance to that of the bawdy, shady lady that was Sadie Thompson".
The Village Voice wrote, "Although its Hays Code sanitizing is mitigated somewhat by the glorious extravagances of 1950s cinema (it's a Technicolor, 3-D star vehicle with musical numbers), Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) is a scoured version of Rain (1932)."
Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, "The character of Sadie is drained of considerable point by the prudence of the producers. And Miss Hayworth is left with a role in which she is able to inject very little, outside her own particular brand of appeal".
A dual projection polarized 3-D print of Miss Sadie Thompson was screened at The World 3-D Expo 2006 September 10, 2006 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Ca.
A 3-D version of the trailer can been seen in the Blu-ray Collection "3-D Rarities" from Flicker Alley.
A VHS full screen edition of Miss Sadie Thompson was released in 1994 but is no longer available.
A DVD full screen edition of Miss Sadie Thompson was released in 2001 but is no longer available.
Another edition of the DVD is available as part of "The Films of Rita Hayworth" 5-disc box set.
A 3D Blu-ray is now available in the US as of July 12, 2016 from Twilight Time Movies.