The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)

123 mins | Melodrama | 1961

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Edward Anhalt

Producer:

Henry Blanke

Cinematographer:

Peverell Marley

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

Leo Kuter

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Also known as Rachel Cade . A 8 Jan 1957 HR news item states that the novel Rachel Cade on which the film was based was a Literary Guide selection and ran as a serial in the Woman's Home Companion prior to the film's production. RKO bought the novel from galley proofs in 1956 for production by Stanley Rubin, who was later replaced by Henry Blanke. According to a 24 Jan 1957 HR news item, Rubin considered Stirling Silliphant for the film's writer and confered about the film with writer/lecturer Rene Gabin, who spent over ten years in the Belgian Congo; however, onscreen credits list Edward Anhalt as the screenwriter.The film was to be shot in Africa in the summer of 1957, but the location has not been ... More Less

Also known as Rachel Cade . A 8 Jan 1957 HR news item states that the novel Rachel Cade on which the film was based was a Literary Guide selection and ran as a serial in the Woman's Home Companion prior to the film's production. RKO bought the novel from galley proofs in 1956 for production by Stanley Rubin, who was later replaced by Henry Blanke. According to a 24 Jan 1957 HR news item, Rubin considered Stirling Silliphant for the film's writer and confered about the film with writer/lecturer Rene Gabin, who spent over ten years in the Belgian Congo; however, onscreen credits list Edward Anhalt as the screenwriter.The film was to be shot in Africa in the summer of 1957, but the location has not been confirmed.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jan 1957
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 1957
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
DANCE
Native dances choreography
MAKEUP
Makeup
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Rachel Cade by Charles E. Mercer (New York, 1956).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Rachel Cade
Premiere Information:
Philadelphia opening: 29 March 1961
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
1 April 1960
Copyright Number:
LP25361
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
123
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During World War II, Rachel Cade, a young missionary nurse, arrives at a dilapidated hospital mission in a remote part of the Congo. The inept, defeated head of the hospital dies, but Rachel decides to stay on despite the advice of the cynical Belgian administrator, Col. Henri Derode. With patience and sympathy, she works among the natives and tries to get them to accept the Christian way of life. After successfully performing an appendectomy on a native child, she wins the trust of some of the villagers, and her little hospital is soon filled with patients. One night, after watching a sensuous fertility dance, Rachel almost succumbs to the advances of Derode. Then an RAF plane crashes in the vicinity; and the pilot, an American named Paul Wilton, is brought to the mission. During his long convalescence they fall in love; and as his departure grows near, Rachel, unable to restrain her desires, submits to his lovemaking. After Paul has left, Derode learns that Rachel is pregnant. Sensing that she never told Paul about the baby, Derode wires the information to Boston, where Paul has become an established society doctor. Derode then asks to be transferred to the battle front. Paul returns to the Congo and offers to take Rachel and the baby back with him; but Rachel perceives that it is pride rather than love that motivates his actions, and she sends him away. Remaining in the Congo to continue her missionary work, she prays with the natives for the safe return of the combat troops, realizing that Derode's love for her is ... +


During World War II, Rachel Cade, a young missionary nurse, arrives at a dilapidated hospital mission in a remote part of the Congo. The inept, defeated head of the hospital dies, but Rachel decides to stay on despite the advice of the cynical Belgian administrator, Col. Henri Derode. With patience and sympathy, she works among the natives and tries to get them to accept the Christian way of life. After successfully performing an appendectomy on a native child, she wins the trust of some of the villagers, and her little hospital is soon filled with patients. One night, after watching a sensuous fertility dance, Rachel almost succumbs to the advances of Derode. Then an RAF plane crashes in the vicinity; and the pilot, an American named Paul Wilton, is brought to the mission. During his long convalescence they fall in love; and as his departure grows near, Rachel, unable to restrain her desires, submits to his lovemaking. After Paul has left, Derode learns that Rachel is pregnant. Sensing that she never told Paul about the baby, Derode wires the information to Boston, where Paul has become an established society doctor. Derode then asks to be transferred to the battle front. Paul returns to the Congo and offers to take Rachel and the baby back with him; but Rachel perceives that it is pride rather than love that motivates his actions, and she sends him away. Remaining in the Congo to continue her missionary work, she prays with the natives for the safe return of the combat troops, realizing that Derode's love for her is selfless. +

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