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February 7, 2020

33 Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Joan Crawford in ‘Rain’ (1932)

Rain is a 1932 pre-Code drama film that stars Joan Crawford as prostitute Sadie Thompson. Directed by Lewis Milestone and ostensibly set it the South Seas, the production was filmed in part at Santa Catalina Island and what is now Crystal Cove State Park in California.

The film also features Walter Huston in the role of a conflicted missionary who insists that Sadie end her evil ways, but whose own moral standards and self-righteous behavior steadily decay. Crawford was loaned out by MGM to United Artists for this film.

The plot of the film is based on the 1922 play Rain by John Colton and Clemence Randolph, which in turn was based on the short story “Miss Thompson” (later retitled “Rain”) by W. Somerset Maugham. Actress Jeanne Eagels had played the role on stage.

Other movie versions of the story include: a 1928 silent film titled Sadie Thompson starring Gloria Swanson, and the heavily sanitized Miss Sadie Thompson (1953), which starred Rita Hayworth.

These gorgeous photos captured portrait of Joan Crawford for the film Rain in 1932.


  1. Hi, I want to thank you for a great blog. Very good content and exclusive information, thank you for that.

  2. These are gorgeous photos of Joan. I have loved her in Rain for years. I just re-watched it recently, and love it more than ever. She never got credit for her great performance in this film.

  3. Joan Crawford was treated terribly by nearly all of the other cast members on this film - many of whom came from the stage and considered her a talentless movie twit - especially Walter Huston. Huston would continually bring up Jeanne Eagels, who had been a friend of his and who originated the role of Sadie Thompson on Broadway, and unfavourably compare Crawford to her in no uncertain terms. Even some of the crew were cold toward her.

    But the wonderful irony is that Joan soldiered on despite their cruelty and today very few people know who Walter Huston was - much less Jeanne Eagels or the rest of the cast. She went on to become one of the greatest movie stars of all time, and even today, nearly 100 years since the start of her film career, Joan Crawford is still a household name.




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