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Remake Is Way Better
- Bruce Reber
I saw "Rain" on TCM last night 1/9/14 as part of their SOTM tribute to Joan Crawford. IMO it's one of Joan's lesser movies of her early career. This adaptation of the Somerset Maugham story about a prostitute's "reform" by a Bible-thumping preacher (Walter Huston) on a South seas island is mediocre at best, and at times over-the-top. I liked the 1954 color remake with Rita Hayworth titled "Miss Sadie Thompson" way better. She did things with that role Joan could never think of doing.
The ending is incredible and ridiculous
- Jeff Boston
and not just because this propaganda pic was the first of thousands to make an angelic protagonist out of a base sinner and a creepy caricature of a demonic villain out of a man of God (Huston is over the top), with that man being a Christian, of course. I wouldn't expect anything different from M. Somerset Maugham. Hollywood has been beating the same drum (loudly in "Rain") for generations.
Crawford is brilliant!
I think Joan Crawford was simply great in this film. Although she hated Rain, I believe it to be one of her most honest and real performances. Walter Huston is good too but Joan is a lit stick of dynamite! I have a lot of respect for Joan's earliest films. She was a Hollywood original who made up her own code of performance. Personally, I think she was a lot like Sadie in real life. Joan was reportedly sexually free and didn't seem to feel accepted by other actors. I say, forget 'em Joan! You had the goods and you delivered them in Rain. My favorite performance by Joan is Grand Hotel. She gives a dazzling and understated performance...no hip shaking hussy in that film. But then her character is very different but she delivers in both films. Watching Rain is sometimes difficult. It's an edgy, creepy ride of a film when Huston's character starts his trip on Sadie's mind and body. You know it's going to be messy! Watch Rain and Crawford will pull you in. You will be rooting for her all the way!
I loved this
Having happened upon this film by channel surfing, I was totally captivated. There's a subtle inexorability that kept me riveted. But, then, rain for me has its own power that is captured splendidly in this understated film.
Amazing eyes of Joan
Such a beautiful and dramatic film. It should be restored, and should be recognized! It is just so amazing to watch Joan's performance. I have never seen anything quite like it. Her eyes are so bewitching. When she is below the stairs looking up at the reverend, wow! She never blinks once!
Walter Huston's Worth Watching
Even though I far prefer the remake called, "Miss Sadie Thompson," starring Rita Hayworth, Walter Huston's performance is worth watching once. The role of Sadie Thompson belongs to Hayworth.
Lame Version of "Miss Sadie Thompson"
Rita Hayworth's Sadie Thompson is so far superior to Joan Crawford's that this film suffers for it. This version leaves me believing that it's Crawford who's in need of being reformed instead of the character she was supposed to have played.
See Rita Hayworth in Miss Sadie Thompson
"Rain" is a terrible version of what become the classic, "Miss Sadie Thompson," starring Rita Hayworth. Since Joan Crawford was miscast in "Rain" as shady Sadie, this film's a bomb. When contrasted with the classic version and Rita Hayworth's sensational performance, it's very clear that the part of Sadie belongs to Hayworth. I wouldn't bother with "Rain" because it's a real drag.
Rita Hayworth delivers a far superior version of this film.
It's 92* and it's RAINING!!
Stuck on PagoPago island, Joan's popularity with the local "doughboys" offends the senses of Huston, a self-justified evangelist who FORCES her conversion, but suddenly discards wife, Word, and immortal soul at the prospect of Joan's embrace!A must see for fans of adult fare in early films. It seems that Sadie, (Joan) is the most honest and honorable one among the whole cast of characters.
Great Performance by Crawford
An underrated film with Joan Crawford's most underrated performance. If anyone thinks Joan was just a "movie star" and not an "actress", this is definite proof that she was.
One of the most underrated films out there. Joan Crawford is so good in it, as is everyone else. It was certainly ahead of it's time - in my opinion.
Excellent movie. Insightful look at religion, indoctrination, "good" and "evil". Frankly, I found the ending quite pleasing. Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, "Handsome": brilliant. Rest of cast well done.
What a great movie that seems to get no attention at all.Joan Crawford is at her best.