Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore in Sadie Thompson (1928)

Sadie Thompson is a 1928 American silent drama film that tells the story of a “fallen woman” who comes to Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila to start a new life, but encounters a zealous missionary who wants to force her back to her former life in San Francisco. The film stars Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, and Raoul Walsh, and was one of Swanson’s better known silent films.

Due to the subject matter, the making of the film was extremely controversial. However, it was a financial and critical success for Swanson. The film was based on the short story “Rain” by W. Somerset Maugham and the 1922 play that was based on the book by John Colton and Clemence Randolph, starring Jeanne Eagels.

Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore in Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh, 1928 via

Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore in Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh, 1928 via

One response to “Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore in Sadie Thompson (1928)

  1. Lovely to see Lionel at this age. You can really see the resemblance to John and similar good looks. He aged so differently to his brother that it was later difficult to see how good-looking he’d been. Mind you, Ethel may have looked matronly later on but she was stunning when younger!

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