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As part of the first Academy Awards, Gloria Swanson received a certificate of honorable mention for her work on this film. Cinematographer George Barnes received a certificate of honorable mention, in part for his work on this film and for his work on The Magic Flame and The Devil Dancer (see entry).
       Other films based on the W. Somerset Maugham story include the 1932 United Artists release Rain, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Joan Crawford and John Huston and the 1953 Columbia production Miss Sadie Thompson, directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Rita Hayworth, Jose Ferrar and Aldo Ray (see entries).
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1928 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the 7 Feb 1930 FD. ...

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As part of the first Academy Awards, Gloria Swanson received a certificate of honorable mention for her work on this film. Cinematographer George Barnes received a certificate of honorable mention, in part for his work on this film and for his work on The Magic Flame and The Devil Dancer (see entry).
       Other films based on the W. Somerset Maugham story include the 1932 United Artists release Rain, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Joan Crawford and John Huston and the 1953 Columbia production Miss Sadie Thompson, directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Rita Hayworth, Jose Ferrar and Aldo Ray (see entries).
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1928 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the 7 Feb 1930 FD.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
12 Feb 1928
p. 8
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8
Film Spectator
18 Feb 1928
p. 5
New York Times
6 Feb 1928
p. 12
Variety
8 Feb 1928
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Raoul Walsh Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Oliver Marsh
Photog
Photog
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the story by W. Somerset Maugham. [Based on the play Rain by John Colton and Clemence Randolph (New York 7 Nov 1922), as adapted from the short story "Miss Thompson" by W. Somerset Maugham in The Smart Set (Apr 1921).]
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 January 1928
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Gloria Swanson Productions, Inc.
6 January 1928
LP24829
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
94
Length(in feet):
8,600
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Sadie, a girl trying to hide her identity in the South Seas, meets Sergeant O'Hara, a marine, and promises to marry him. Alfred Atkinson, a tyrannical reformer, obsessed with her "immorality," makes life unpleasant for her and threatens to give her up to the police. When she reforms, he seduces her and then commits suicide. She is reunited with her lover, and they leave for ...

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Sadie, a girl trying to hide her identity in the South Seas, meets Sergeant O'Hara, a marine, and promises to marry him. Alfred Atkinson, a tyrannical reformer, obsessed with her "immorality," makes life unpleasant for her and threatens to give her up to the police. When she reforms, he seduces her and then commits suicide. She is reunited with her lover, and they leave for Australia.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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