Rain (1932) Ladies Of Burlesque

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Joan Crawford plays the notorious prostitute Sadie Thompson in 1932’s RAIN—one of the most scandalous Pre-Code films ever made. Based on the Somerset Maugham story that was deemed too controversial to film, RAIN exhibits Crawford in top form—the actress, ever-committed to authenticity consulted with San Diego prostitutes as research for the part. With Aviva the Mirage on stage!

Travelling on a ship in the South Seas, Sadie is stranded on the idyllic island of Pago Pago after a cholera outbreak quarantines the vessel. With the tropical rains descending on the island, Sadie boozes it up and cavorts with the island’s US soldiers to pass the time, infuriating her fellow passengers—namely a self-righteous missionary played to sinister perfection by the legendary Walter Huston. Refusing to repent for her shameless ways, the missionary uses his contacts to deport her to San Francisco, where Sadie’s unsavory past will haunt her. Frightened of imprisonment, Sadie will do anything to prevent the missionary from spelling her doom.

A remake of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1928 silent version, which led to Gloria Swanson’s first Oscar nomination, RAIN is an early sound masterpiece and a film that displays terrifying sexual politics that are still relevant today.

Warning: This film contains explicit content that might be upsetting to some viewers.
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto

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