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Sadie Thompson (1928) was a Silent Films - Drama Film directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Raoul Walsh and Gloria Swanson.

Academy Awards 1927/28 --- Ceremony Number 1 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressGloria SwansonNominated

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Second looks: Rita Hayworth as ‘Miss Sadie Thompson’ (1953)

By Lindsey on Feb 7, 2015 From The Motion Pictures

World War II is coming to an end. At a South Pacific military base, Sgt. Phil O’Hara (Aldo Ray) and his cohorts — all members of the U.S. Marines — are waiting to be discharged. While they wait, the men carry out a series of mundane tasks that are required of them during peacetime,... Read full article

Sadie Thompson (1928)

By Angela on Nov 26, 2012 From Hollywood Revue

When prostitute Sadie Thompson (Gloria Swanson) arrives on the island of Tutuila, she expects to only be making a brief stopover before going on to Apia.? But then her boat needs to be quarantined for ten days and she waits the time out by staying in a hotel along with religious zealot Alfred Davids... Read full article

Gloria Swanson "Sadie Thompson" (1928)

By Silentfilmfanatic on Jun 14, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

“Sadie Thompson” (1928) is a silent romantic drama starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore and Raoul Walsh. Directed by Raoul Walsh and based on Somerset Maugham’s story, “Miss Thompson,” this film is a social commentary on the hypocrisy and sexual mores of the day. T... Read full article

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Quotes from

Sadie Thompson: [to Mr. Davidson] You've got the power to hang me but I've got the power to tell you - hang me and be damned!
Alfred Davidson: [to his wife, wiping his forehead] That girl is possessed with devils!

Sergeant Timothy 'Tim' O'Hara: Where do you hail from Sadie?
Sadie Thompson: San Francisco.
Sergeant Timothy 'Tim' O'Hara: That's funny - - my best pal married a girl from San Francisco.
Sadie Thompson: What part of San Francisco?
Sergeant Timothy 'Tim' O'Hara: Where they hang out the red lanterns.
Sadie Thompson: [thoughtfully] Are they happy?
Sergeant Timothy 'Tim' O'Hara: Sure! 'Sfunny but them that kicks the highest often settles down the hardest.

Sadie Thompson: [screaming at Alfred Davidson] Who gave you the right to pass judgement on me? You psalm-singing louse! You'd tear out you own mother's heart, if she didn't agree with you, and call it saving her soul!

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Facts about

The musical version of Sadie Thompson opened at the Alvin Theater on November 16, 1944 and ran for 60 performances.
Gloria Swanson (as Sadie) swore several times on screen, but as the title cards don't reflect this and the film is silent, it was released without censorship.
The play, written by John Colton and Clemence Randolph, opened on Broadway in New York City, New York on 7 November 1922 and had 256 performance with Jeanne Eagels as Sadie. There were 2 New York revivals, the last in 1935 with Tallulah Bankhead as Sadie.
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