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Tavita Tusitala

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The Rainmaker Hotel goes on as Sadie's by the Sea
« on: October 06, 2008, 08:37:02 PM »
Once it was the only real hotel in American Samoa and was owned and "maintained" by the government, it is now a private accommodation. It maintains the tall thatched roofs to give the flavor of a South Pacific island.

It is named after the Rainmaker Mountain above Pago Pago harbor. Everyday gray clouds and rain from over Rainmaker mountain.

One of the few sun and swimming beaches downtown, The sand was imported to make a better beach. The Samoan islands are volcanic islands with fringing reefs, that means teh sand is made from coral and doesn't build up like continental beaches.

In Pago Pago, American Samoa
Telephone (684) 699 5714
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Pago

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Re: The Rainmaker Hotel goes on
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010, 03:12:37 PM »
It was re-named The Ratmaker until a few years ago when Tom Drabble took over a portion of the hotel, fixed it up and  re-named it Sadies By The Sea.  Thank you TGom.

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Re: The Rainmaker Hotel goes on
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010, 11:06:54 PM »
The Rainmaker hotel deserve its private accommodation because it is important to every travelers. The name gives meaning and is very interesting. Thanks for the information, but I would like to know more about it.

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Re: The Rainmaker Hotel goes on as Sadies by the Sea
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2010, 02:18:08 PM »
What more would you like to know? Sadie Thompson was a character in Maugham's "Rain" which was based on Aggie Grey's in Apia, (Western) Samoa. It is a fictional character, but seems to be a good name for marketing a hotel in American Samoa too.

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Re: The Rainmaker Hotel goes on as Sadie's by the Sea
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2010, 12:52:20 PM »
Actually Sadie was in Pago for a while.  She was a real woman, not made up.

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Re: The Rainmaker Hotel goes on as Sadie's by the Sea
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2010, 05:09:17 PM »
Once it was the only real hotel in American Samoa and was owned and "maintained" by the government, it is now a private accommodation. It maintains the tall thatched roofs to give the flavor of a South Pacific island.
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It is named after the Rainmaker Mountain above Pago Pago harbor. Everyday gray clouds and rain from over Rainmaker mountain.
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One of the few sun and swimming beaches downtown, The sand was imported to make a better beach. The Samoan islands are volcanic islands with fringing reefs, that means teh sand is made from coral and doesn't build up like continental beaches.

In Pago Pago, American Samoa
Telephone (684) 699 5714
http://www.spto.org/spto/cms/destinations/samoa/guide/datelinesamoa.shtml
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Thats a great hotel I am going to stay there next time I go to American Samoa.

Beautiful picture by the way too!

-Jill

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Re: Sadie Thompson and Aggie Grey
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2010, 11:49:28 AM »
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.


"Sadie Thompson" 1928 played by Gloria Swanson
http://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:
"Rain" (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 Hayworth
http://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:
"Armchair Theatre" TV episode, 1960
    - Rain (1960) TV episode (story "Miss Thompson")
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0857475/

In 1970:
W. Somerset Maugham" Rain (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 1940’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 “Tales of the South Pacific,” James A. Michener based the prototype of his character Bloody Mary on an Apia hotelkeeper named Aggie Grey, whose family still operates Samoa’s largest resorts. Michener’s book was later made into the musical “South Pacific.”


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.

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Re: Sadie Thompson and Aggie Grey
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2010, 08:34:28 PM »

Excellent!  I loved it!

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Re: The Rainmaker Hotel goes on as Sadie's by the Sea
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2010, 08:31:42 AM »
I've never heard Aggie Grey mentioned in the same sentence as Sadie?  This is new to me.  That shot of the hotel is what it looked like many, many years ago.

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Re: The Rainmaker Hotel goes on as Sadie's by the Sea
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2010, 02:05:36 AM »
Well heard a lot about its private accommodation...and great way of marketing.

 


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