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Rain (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 12 October 1932 (USA)
A prostitute newly arrived in the South Pacific finds herself at odds with a stern missionary determined to save her soul.

Director:

Lewis Milestone (uncredited)

Writers:

John Colton (play), Clemence Randolph (play) (as C. Randolph) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Sadie Thompson
Walter Huston ... Alfred Davidson
Fred Howard Fred Howard ... Hodgson (as Frederic Howard)
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Griggs (as Ben Hendricks)
William Gargan ... Sergeant O'Hara
Mary Shaw Mary Shaw ... Ameena
Guy Kibbee ... Joe Horn
Kendall Lee Kendall Lee ... Mrs. Macphail
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Davidson
Matt Moore ... Dr. Macphail
Walter Catlett ... Quartermaster Bates
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For residents on the idyllic South Seas island of Pago Pago, life is simple until a boat arrives carrying two couples, the Davidsons (who are missionaries), the MacPhails and a prostitute named Sadie Thompson. Davidson is more than just a religious zealot; he's a mad man. When the boat, which was en route to another port, is temporarily stranded on the island due to a possible Cholera outbreak on-board, Sadie spends her time "partying" with the American soldiers stationed on the island. Her behavior, however, is more than the Davidsons can stand and soon Mr. Davidson confronts Sadie about her evil ways and offers salvation. When Sadie rebels and the attempted redemption does not go as planned, Davidson arranges to have her sent back to San Francisco, where she fled some years ago due to mysterious personal issues. Davidson soon becomes unhinged and thus begins a series of surprising events which culminate in disaster. Written by Eva1-1

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A woman without shame. A woman without soul. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Joan Crawford was loaned out by MGM to United Artists for the film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film where the ship's passengers are handing over their passports and shore passes to be checked, the serial number on all the passes is the same. See more »

Quotes

Sadie Thompson: Oh, she-catta-gan-nee, she-catta-gan-nee, that's "I should worry" in Jap, buttercup.
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Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Long as I remember the rain been comin' down
10 November 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Interesting well-directed adaptation of Somerset Maugham story about a prostitute and a missionary out to reform her. I was surprised to discover this was a box office flop when it was released as I enjoyed it very much. Joan Crawford and Walter Huston are great as the two leads. Beulah Bondi and Guy Kibbee offer solid support. But the real star is Lewis Milestone's wonderful direction. He takes what would otherwise have been a very stagey film, especially for 1932, and keeps the camera moving and lively. Milestone not only directed but produced Rain as well. He was one of the best directors of the 1930s and I don't feel like he gets anywhere near enough credit. Try to catch this if you can but beware of bad prints.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (1938 Atlantic Reissue)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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