Rain (1932)

85 or 92-93 mins | Drama | 12 October 1932

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Cinematographer:

Oliver T. Marsh

Production Designer:

Richard Day

Production Company:

Feature Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The South Sea island scenes were filmed on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. A news item in HR indicates that Ann Dvorak was once considered to play "Sadie Thompson." According to the file on the film in the AMPAS Library, director Lewis Milestone recut the film after the world premiere in Los Angeles, removing much scenery and dialogue footage and building up the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Davidson. According to modern sources, Davidson was made a missionary in the film instead of a minister, and his character was softened, for fear of offending religious viewers.
       Although contemporary critics panned the movie and Crawford's acting, some modern critics contend that this is the best screen adaptaion of the story, which was first filmed as Sadie Thompson , a 1928 United Artists release, starring and produced by Gloria Swanson and directed by Raoul Walsh (See Entry). A Columbia Pictures adaptation of the story, produced in 1953, was entitled Miss Sadie Thompson , starred Rita Hayworth and José Ferrer and was directed by Curtis Bernhardt (See Entry). A partial scene from the 1922 play was recreated in the 1957 Columbia release Jeanne Eagels (See Entry), a fictionalized biography of Eagels, who created the role of Sadie Thompson on the Broadway ... More Less

The South Sea island scenes were filmed on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. A news item in HR indicates that Ann Dvorak was once considered to play "Sadie Thompson." According to the file on the film in the AMPAS Library, director Lewis Milestone recut the film after the world premiere in Los Angeles, removing much scenery and dialogue footage and building up the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Davidson. According to modern sources, Davidson was made a missionary in the film instead of a minister, and his character was softened, for fear of offending religious viewers.
       Although contemporary critics panned the movie and Crawford's acting, some modern critics contend that this is the best screen adaptaion of the story, which was first filmed as Sadie Thompson , a 1928 United Artists release, starring and produced by Gloria Swanson and directed by Raoul Walsh (See Entry). A Columbia Pictures adaptation of the story, produced in 1953, was entitled Miss Sadie Thompson , starred Rita Hayworth and José Ferrer and was directed by Curtis Bernhardt (See Entry). A partial scene from the 1922 play was recreated in the 1957 Columbia release Jeanne Eagels (See Entry), a fictionalized biography of Eagels, who created the role of Sadie Thompson on the Broadway stage. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
14 Oct 32
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Feb 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 32
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Oct 32
p. 1.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Sep 32
p. 36.
New York Times
13 Oct 32
p. 22.
Variety
18 Oct 32
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Lewis Milestone's Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Scr adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
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).
SONGS
"St. Louis Blues," words and music by W. C. Handy
"Baby Face," words and music by Harry Akst and Benny Davis.
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 October 1932
Production Date:
completed 21 June 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Feature Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 October 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3326
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85 or 92-93
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

A ship docks in rainy, tropical Pago Pago, discharging among others, Alfred Davidson, a self-righteous missionary, his prim, proper wife, and Sadie Thompson, a woman with an unsavory background. Sometime later, a cholera epidemic forces them to remain quarantined on the island, and Davidson decides he will reform Sadie and save her immortal soul. When she spurns his offer, Davidson has the governor order her deportation to San Francisco. She begs Davidson to allow her to remain a few more days, so she can sail to Sydney, Australia instead, but during the argument, she experiences a religious conversion and agrees to return to San Francisco and the jail sentence that is waiting for her there. The evening before she is to leave, Sergeant "Handsome" O'Hara, who has fallen in love with Sadie, asks her to marry him and offers to hide her until the Sydney boat sails, but she is under Davidson's spell and refuses. Later, while native drums beat, Davidson succumbs to her beauty and accosts her. The next morning, he is found dead, a suicide. Now disillusioned with Davidson's teachings, Sadie becomes her old self and plans to go off to Sydney with O'Hara to start a new ... +


A ship docks in rainy, tropical Pago Pago, discharging among others, Alfred Davidson, a self-righteous missionary, his prim, proper wife, and Sadie Thompson, a woman with an unsavory background. Sometime later, a cholera epidemic forces them to remain quarantined on the island, and Davidson decides he will reform Sadie and save her immortal soul. When she spurns his offer, Davidson has the governor order her deportation to San Francisco. She begs Davidson to allow her to remain a few more days, so she can sail to Sydney, Australia instead, but during the argument, she experiences a religious conversion and agrees to return to San Francisco and the jail sentence that is waiting for her there. The evening before she is to leave, Sergeant "Handsome" O'Hara, who has fallen in love with Sadie, asks her to marry him and offers to hide her until the Sydney boat sails, but she is under Davidson's spell and refuses. Later, while native drums beat, Davidson succumbs to her beauty and accosts her. The next morning, he is found dead, a suicide. Now disillusioned with Davidson's teachings, Sadie becomes her old self and plans to go off to Sydney with O'Hara to start a new life. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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