Stars: 5 / 5
Recommendation: A story of a scarlet woman on a road to new life encounters love, hurdles and eventually finds her happy place. Silent film makes it all the more effective with only music in the background and title cards and expressions on face. Beautifully made.
Sadie Thompson is a 1928 American silent drama film starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore and Raoul Walsh. Gloria Swanson also Produced it which was Directed by Raoul Walsh. The film tells a tale about a fallen woman who is attempting to start a new life in a new place. It is based on the 1921 short story Miss Thompson by W. Somerset Maugham and the 1922 play Rain, by John Colton and Clemence Randolph also based on the short story.
This is one of the successful films for Swanson, both financially and critically, even though it deemed a lot of controversy due to the plot line. The only silent, independent film of Swanson that was commercially success. However, she couldn’t reap the profits as she had sold her rights to the movie before it became a success.
Sadie Thompson (portrayed by Gloria Swanson) is a young prostitute who runs away to Pago Pago in American Samoa, to start a new life. She falls in love with Sergeant Timothy "Tim" O'Hara (portrayed by Raoul Walsh). However missionary couple Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Davidson (portrayed by Lionel Barrymore and Blanche Friderici) hinder her path in the name of redemption.( Collapse )