The steamy tropical saga adapted
by John Colton and Clemence Randol, and directed by Ted Mornel, from
W. Somerset Maugham’s famous novella Miss Thompson.
The plot is simple; Sadie Thompson (Lissa Moira), a prostitute
from Hawaii, arrives in Pago Pago on a ship also carrying a missionary
and his wife, a doctor and his wife. Davidson, the missionary, is a passionate
man who sets himself the task of converting Sadie Thompson, the whore,
and he reduces the rather brassy, forthright woman into a weak sniveling
wreck. But the question arises as to whether he is interested in triumphing
over her as a cleric over a sinner or a man over a woman. The answer comes
in the play’s climax, where the eternal feminine triumphs.