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Rated NR · 97 minutes · 1928

Raoul Walsh's notorious silent feature (1928) was the first screen adaptation of Somerset Maugham's Rain and barely survived Hays Office scissoring, though audiences got past some of the bowdlerization by lip-reading the racy dialogue. Gloria Swanson is the South Sea island hooker who seduces a hellfire preacher (while winning the offscreen heart of a famous paterfamilias—no names, please), and it proved to be one of her most popular silent roles. Lewis Milestone's sound remake, Rain (1932), is considered the more successful (and artier) film, but Walsh's rambunctious direction (and some ambitious Pago Pago sets by ace designer William Cameron Menzies) should make this well worth seeing. With Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Frederici, Charles Lane, and Walsh himself in a supporting role.
Director: Raoul Walsh
Cast: Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh, Blanche Frederici, Charles Lane, Florence Midgely, James Marcus, Sophia Artega and Will Stanton

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