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.
A smoking, drinking, jazz listening, young prostitute named Sadie Thompson (Gloria Swanson) arrives at Pago Pago (now part of American Samoa), on her way to a job with a shipping line on another island. At the same time, ‘moralists’ arrive, including Mr. and Mrs. Davidson (Lionel Barrymore and Blanche Friderici).
Portrait of Gloria Swanson in Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh, 1928 via
Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore in Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh, 1928 via
Portrait of Gloria Swanson and Directo Raoul Walsh on the set of Sadie Thompson, 1928 via