Miss Sadie Thompson

Synopsis: At a lonely military outpost on American Samoa, sticky heat alternates with torrential rain. A ship quarantine strands here Sadie Thompson, a "breezy dame" who sets the Marines afire... and self-righteous Mr. Davidson, powerful head of the Mission Board, who suspects Sadie is a fugitive from the notorious Emerald Club of Honolulu. Meanwhile, Sadie is courted by crude but good-hearted Marine Sgt. Phil O'Hara.
Director(s): Curtis Bernhardt
Production: Columbia Pictures
91 min

- Send it over.

- You're coming in loud and clear.

- Roger. Out.

- Send it to me when you have time.

The Orduna's in.

Pick up this gear in the mail.

- Any word on my discharge?

- No.

- How she look today, O'Hara?

- Better than yesterday.

When she looks good,

you've had it.

That's the day they take you

off this rock.

Never seen it to miss.

Won't be long.

- Come on!

- What's the rush?

You're disturbing the peace.

Okay, teacher.

Wait a minute!

Where you going?

- Good to see you, Mrs. Davidson.

- Hello, Mr. Harris.

- Dr. And Mrs. McPhail.

- How do you do?

- Your first trip to the islands?

- Since the war.

A sentimental journey?

- How are you, Mr. Davidson?

- Fine, fine.

- It's been a year.

- Everything's in order this time.

The governor is expecting you.

Sorry, we don't have much time.

- Would you take us to the mission?

- Certainly.

My father built

his mission there.

- This island looks volcanic.

- In more ways than one. They all are.

- It takes vigilance to keep control.

- To be friendly with the natives?

- To put it bluntly, yes.

- Any success?

Well, we do our best.

I'll have the luggage transferred.

All right, you guys, off it.

Here it comes.

I'll turn it around.

- Sarge? What kind of gear's coming in?

- Refrigeration unit.

- Bear a hand.

- How could that freeze anything?

I can't see her face.

Two years on this rock,

and you wanna see her face?

On a raft once, off Guadalcanal...

...something like that came straight

at me. Went right past me too.

- That's some piece of equipment.

- I'll unpack it.

- You need help?

- I'll handle it.

- Who spotted it?

- Stand off. It's an order.

- You pulling rank on us?

- Yeah! Get on the gear!

She'll hit this rock

like an A-bomb!

- Hey, yo-yos!

- Knock it off!

Share and share alike!

All right, come on!

We gotta shove fast!

- Easy does it, miss.

- Thanks.

What do you know? Marines.

I'm right at home.

Got me a couple hours.

What's to do around here?

Grass skirts, hulas?

That island stuff?

You picked the right island.

I'm in charge of the tours.

- Leaving when?

- Now.

- Sergeant, you twisted my arm.

- Get the gear.

Yes, sir, sarge.

- Oh, my luggage!

- Get it up here! Hurry!

- My record player!

- This all?


- You can see better back here.

- Thanks.

- Get the wheel.

- You heard him.

Both of you, on the double!

Griggs, hurry up with that mail.

Wait for the mail!

- My back!

- That's pretty!

- How about I sit up front?

- No, you're classified.

- Classified what?

- Top secret.

- Says who?

- Sgt. O'Hara.

- And Private Griggs.

- Sadie Thompson.

Hi, Sadie.

Mail call!

What's wrong with you?

Hurry it up!

Back her up!

Watch yourself.

You're not driving a tank.

Safe and sound, Sadie.

Where we at?

- Bill's place.

- Don't you have any doors around here?

Take her away!

- That was fast.

- The island's mostly restricted.

All these islands look alike.

Anything cold to drink?

- Go away. It's Sunday. Me no open.

- Sure, except for us.

Hi, Bill.

Something cold and tall.

Me no Bill, me Chung!

Bill long time dead.

Hurry, or you'll join him!

- Me no want trouble.

- Hey, Sadie!

- You want pineapple juice?

- Hey, no take. No take.

Anything, just so it's cold.

- It's hot as a hot water bottle.

- It'll ease up when it rains.

- It's all secure.

- Where's the truck?

- Down the street.

- Get it back to the base!

I just got here!

I ain't been introduced yet!

- Shove off.

- Where you going?

- Where do you think?

- Sadie's gear is in the truck, right?

- That's right.

- You heard the lady. Oblige her!

Glad to.

Excuse me, Sadie.

- Get on the door.

- What for?

You wanna keep this private, right?

- For who? You?

- We'll rotate every 15 minutes. Fair?

You have till 1100 exact.

Then I take over.

All right.

The more you drink,

the more you gotta drink.

It's the heat. There's enough sweat

in the South Pacific to float a ship.

- Sorry, guess that hit you rough.

- I don't mind.

We forget how to talk to girls.

You're doing okay.

- Where you heading?

- New Caledonia.

Got a job waiting for me.

- What's it like down there?

- The exhaust pipe of the world.

This rock's a deep freeze, compared.

Anything goes.

You won't like it.

As the Japanese say, I should worry.

It's not the first time

I've been away from home.

Open up.

Open the door!

Two meatheads coming.

- They see her gear?

- I tried to dodge them.

- By leading them here?

- I was in the street!

What could I do?

Lock the doors.

Get the place secure.


I'll have the board send

an x-ray machine.

- Anything else?

- We need more penicillin and bibles.

I'm happy to say

the old ones are worn from use.

You'll get what you need.

That's the point of an inspection.

- Good morning.

- This hospital is so well-equipped.

It never was

until Mr. Davidson took over.

I have certain persuasive

powers with our trustees in Boston.

- You do well with tropical diseases.

- They're simple to fight.

- Simple?

- Compared to immorality.

- Though things seem to have improved.

- Yes, indeed.

I presume it's time for services.

This is great!

- These men don't respect the Sabbath.

- They mean no disrespect.

See the effect of that music

on the natives? Excuse me.

How about some beer?

- It's my treat, O'Hara.

- Not when I'm around.

Live it up!

You'll be dead a long time!

Rate this script:0.0 / 0 votes

Harry Kleiner

Harry Kleiner (September 10, 1916 Tiflis, Russia – October 17, 2007 Chicago, Illinois) was a Russian-born American screenwriter and producer best known for his films at 20th Century Fox. more…

All Harry Kleiner scripts | Harry Kleiner Scripts

0 fans

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Miss Sadie Thompson" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 15 Jun 2024. <https://www.scripts.com/script/miss_sadie_thompson_13855>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    Miss Sadie Thompson

    Browse Scripts.com

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.