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The film's title card reads "W. Somerset Maugham's Miss Sadie Thompson." The working title of the film was Rain. Maugham's short story was turned into a play, Rain, by Clemence Randolph and John Colton. A August 2, 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that producer J. Arthur Rank considered purchasing the play's rights, held by Mary Pickford and Lester Cowan, and casting Bette Davis as "Sadie." Maugham's story was first adapted to the screen in 1928. The United Artists film, titled Sadie Thompson, starred Gloria Swanson, and was directed by Raoul Walsh (please see AFI Catalog of Feature Films; 1921-30). In 1932, United Artists released Rain, starring Joan Crawford and directed by Lewis Milestone, which was based on the short story and Colton and Randolph's play (please see AFI Catalog of Feature Films; 1931-40). Although Miss Sadie Thompson was released in 3-D, the print viewed was in standard format. According to reviews, portion of the film were shot on location in Hawaii. Modern sources conflict over whether JoAnn Greer or India Adams dubbed Rita Hayworth's singing voice. Lester Lee and Allan Roberts' song "The Blue Pacific Blues" was nominated for an Academy Award.