there were two movies made about Sadie Thompson who was supposed to be teh fictional character based on Aggie Grey.
The oriignal PLAY "Rain
" by w. Somerset maugham
was made into MOVIES.
The play. "Rain," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 7 November 1922 and closed in June 1923 after 256 performances. The opening night cast included Jeanne Eagels as Sadie Thompson. A revival in 1924 (also with Eagels) ran for 648 performances. There was also another revival in 1935 with Tallulah Bankhead as Sadie.
" 1928 played by Gloria Swansonhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019344/In 1928:
Sadie Thompson arrives in Pago Pago to start a new life, but when extremist missionary Davidson lashes out against her lifestyle and tries to force her back to San Francisco, she may lose her second chance.
Sadie could storm any barrack she attacked! Magnetism had never been heard of until she hit town! What a woman! You'll say so, too!
Based On the Stage Success of "RAIN"
Piercing drama on an isle in the tropic South Seas! The star of stars in the picture of pictures! Gloria Swanson, glorious exponent of emotion, in the finest film of her career! "Sadie's" the lady you'll never forget!
Nominated for two Oscars.In 1932:
" (1932) Played by Joan Crawford
Another version just 4 years after teh first motion picture with Gloria Swanson.
This was Joan Crawford's least favorite film because of its poor box-office returns.
Revealing mistakes: At the beginning of the film where the ship's passengers are handing over their passports and shore passes to be checked, the serial number on all the passes is the same.In 1953:
"Miss Sadie Thompson
" 1953 starring Rita Hayworthhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046076/
At a lonely military outpost on American Samoa, sticky heat alternates with torrential rain. A ship quarantine strands here Sadie Thompson, a "breezy dame" who sets the Marines afire... and self-righteous Mr. Davidson, powerful head of the Mission Board, who suspects Sadie is a fugitive from the notorious Emerald Club of Honolulu. Meanwhile, Sadie is courted by crude but good-hearted Marine Sgt. Phil O'Hara.
Post-World War II, and Miss Sadie Thompson is heading to work in New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean. She is stranded on a rainy island, as a crew member on board the Orduna, the vessel she is travelling on, contracts typhus and the whole ship is put into quarantine. Sadie befriends a group of marines from an American outpost and is courted by Sergeant Phil O'Hara. He proposes that she move together with him to Sidney, Australia. However, the moralist and powerful Reverend Alfred Davidson recognizes her from the infamous Emerald Club in Honolulu, and forces her to return to San Francisco where she has a past that haunts her. Nevertheless no one can run away from themselves.In 1960:
" TV episode, 1960
- Rain (1960) TV episode (story "Miss Thompson
") http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0857475/In 1970:W. Somerset Maugham
(1970) played by Carroll Baker
A missionary, his wife, and a prostitute are among the guests stranded at a tropical hotel during the rainy season.Aggie Grey and Bloody Mary
Aggie Grey was a friend to James Michener and reportedly the Bloody Mary character from his book, Tales of the South Seas. The place was opened in 1933 as the old British Club and in the 1940â€™s was a hang out for American servicemen during WWII. Just a five minute walk past the Hotel, you will find the only marine Reserve in Samoa, called Palolo Deep this is one of the most beautiful spots to snorkel in Samoa, a real bonus! Like the tune in South Pacific, Bloody Mary is the girl I love, I just have this feeling!
In â€œTales of the South Pacific,â€ James A. Michener based the prototype of his character Bloody Mary on an Apia hotelkeeper named Aggie Grey, whose family still operates Samoaâ€™s largest resorts. Michenerâ€™s book was later made into the musical â€œSouth Pacific.â€
Ok, Aggies is still a must-see place in Apia, W. Samoa. And inspired another famous Character i nliterature.
Who was the inspiration for Sadie Thompson if not Aggie?
Herb and Sia Scanlon's place in Pago Pago?
I confess to being confused here.