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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT226-BR

MISS SADIE THOMPSON (1953 / 2D and 3D) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Charles Bronson, Jose Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins, Diosa Costello, Harry Bellaver, Rita Hayworth
Directed By:  Curtis Bernhardt
Composed By:  George Duning, Ned Washington, Lester Lee

“Hayworth, in great form, [carries] the picture with her magnetism, personality, and sensuality. These come through most effectively in the handful of musical numbers, especially the incredible ‘The Heat Is On,’ one of the most blazingly erotic dance segments to be put on the screen.” – Craig Butler, AllMovie.com

“The dramatic pacing of Curtis Bernhardt’s direction achieves a frenzied jazz tempo, quite in keeping with the modernization, and most of the performances respond in kind, especially that of Rita Hayworth.” – Variety

Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) is yet another version of the Somerset Maugham story, “Miss Thompson” (later retitled “Rain”), this one gussied up with music, Technicolor, and 3D – to eye-popping effect. The story of the titular “party girl” (Rita Hayworth), who raises temperatures all over the South Pacific, the film also features Aldo Ray as a love-struck Marine and José Ferrer as a religious zealot who, like many such folk, protests against the lady a bit too much.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 2D and 3D
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1953 / Color
91 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Music & Effects Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros / Introduction by Actress Patricia Clarkson / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Editions of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on July 28, 2017 1:16 PM
REMAKE GETS THE BLU-RAY AND 3-D TREATMENT

My guess is that many will not recall this film as part of that initial 3-D wave that took place during the fifties. I was surprised to find that it was released that way. I was even more surprised to learn that it did well at the box office. For me it wasn’t that great a movie, but it was interesting to view and consider how racy it was considered at the time. In a world where prostitutes are recurring characters on TV shows and porn is available at the press of a button this movie seems quaint in its moral dilemma.

Rita Hayworth stars as the title character, a brassy woman on her way to another island in the South Pacific just after the war whose ship strands her on a military base when it has problems. Thompson garners the attention of every military man on the island, all wishing they were the one to romance her but who lose out to Sgt. Phil O’Hara (Aldo Ray) who falls hard for her.

Unfortunately for Sadie another visitor to the island is on hand as well, Alfred Davidson (Jose Ferrer), the son of missionaries who is there to carry on his father’s work. This is the sort of character who finds fault in most everyone else but himself, in particular the way the island natives behave and in Sadie who he recognizes. When he follows up on his hunch he discovers that Sadie is a woman wanted for solicitation in Honolulu and he blackmails her into returning to the states to serve her time. The conflict between the fun loving independent woman and the staunch religious fanatic should be the center piece of the film. And yet it never quite feels that way.

Therein lies the biggest problem with this movie. Based on the short story by W. Somerset Maugham the heart of the story (as well as several other movies based on the tale) revolves around these two as well as the temptation that Davidson feels for Sadie. But that temptation is rarely on display here until very near the end of the film when suddenly he is drawn to her, shattering her changed outlook on life. This should have been a smoldering item that grew as the film moved forward and instead here it feels like a random explosion.

The pacing of the film seems leaden but the acting is great. Hayworth turns in a fantastic performance with what she is provided and does a wonderful bit of singing and dancing for the military personnel at a local club. But Ray’s character feels forced, ready to marry Sadie at the drop of a hat. The horn dog nature of the soldiers and sailors in the film is at best like a caricature and so over the top you wonder how they survive with little to no women to look at.

If made today (and I’m surprised it hasn’t been) Hollywood would have a heyday with this story, pitting a staunch conservative religious fanatic against an easy going free spirit who simply wants to have fun. But that shows the difference in time periods when you consider that at the time this film was considered racy and morally questionable. For me the entire movie honestly felt kind of boring. I found myself dozing on more than one occasion.

But for those who love the film and Rita Hayworth you can’t find a better presentation of this movie. Twilight Time (whose praises I constantly sing) has done the film right with as clear and clean a presentation on blu-ray as you will find. Included with the movie are extras like an isolated music & effects track, audio commentary track with film historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros, an introduction by actress Patricia Clarkson and the original film trailer. I may have to watch this one start to finish with the commentary track on to see what I was missing. For most it will be a movie to bypass but for fans of classic movies and Hayworth you’ll add this one to your collection.

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