The Revolt of Mamie Stover

1956

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IMDb Rating 6.6

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Reviewed by 5November 7

I'm not revolting when it comes to enjoying Mamie Stover. The GIs in 1940s Hawaii enjoyed her and so do I. OK, it's not even close to a cinematic masterpiece, but it's worth a gander on a rainy Sunday afternoon when the hubby has on his football. It has stunning Hawaiian locations, a fun if melodramatic script and 20th Century Fox gave it gorgeous Technicolor. It must have had studio head Buddy Adler's blessing because he took producer's credit. If you're a Jane Russell fan, forget "The Outlaw" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Underwater." The Russell you see here is smoldering...! She plays a down-on-her luck woman run out of San Francisco who lands on Oahu where she becomes a... a... a... dancehall hostess. (If they redid Mamie Stover today, it'd have a whole different look.) She makes lots of money and thumbs her pretty nose at her detractors. Maybe because she's called Flaming Mamie, Russell dyed her dark tresses to a shimmering red and natural redhead Agnes Moorehead, owner of the gin joint where Mamie works, has become a blonde. Aggie never made a film that she didn't elevate to a higher level. Michael Pate is wonderfully menacing as the gin joint bouncer/thug. Love interest Richard Egan is too bland and lovely Joan Leslie is wasted in a nothing supporting role. Tough-guy director Raoul Walsh, who had just finished directing tough-girl Russell in "The Tall Men," knew how to best display her acting chops and sultry good looks. Mmmmmm, whatever Mamie wants...

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Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 8

The fifties provided its share of World War II films... The super classics being David Lean&#39;s &quot;The Bridge on the River Kwai&quot; and Fred Zinnemann&#39;s &quot;From Here to Eternity.&quot; Although Raoul Walsh&#39;s &quot;The Revolt of Mamie Stover,&quot; a closely related minor film, also bears some consideration...<br/><br/>The story, set in 1941, has Jane being escorted by the San Francisco Police to the entrance galley of a ship leaving town... She is advised not to return--ever!<br/><br/>Aboard the Hawaii-bound vessel, she meets science fiction novelist Richard Egan who proves to be the first man in her versatile lifetime who respects her as a person... Naturally she is, at the proper time, impressed...<br/><br/>Once they dock, she lands a job at the Bungalow Club, presided over by a domineering madam Agnes Moorehead...<br/><br/>According to the movie, servicemen were lining up just for the opportunity to dance and talk (but definitely nothing more) with Moorehead&#39;s &quot;hostesses,&quot; specially the ever popular Jane who makes a memorable impression as a cynical sleazy dance-hall hostess...<br/><br/>Jane is seen avoided by the better element in town, who do not appreciate her patriotic contribution... Her conscience forces her to tell Egan: &quot;No, Jimmy, I can&#39;t let you ruin your life... You can&#39;t lick the whole island-I&#39;ve got a number on my back and they all know it.&quot;<br/><br/>Egan was positive that some compromise can be worked out, but in the meantime he goes off to war... The aerial Pearl Harbor Attack, on December 7, 1941, by the Japanese is also seen...<br/><br/>While he is away Jane is determined to make all the social abuse worth enduring and becomes the queen of the town&#39;s nightlife... Jane sees this as her only way to acquire wealth...<br/><br/>When Egan returns on leave to Honolulu, he was filled with consternation to discover that Jane is the star attraction of the Bungalow Club... The shock of it all pushes him back into the refined arms of his society fiancée, Joan Leslie, who has that nice home high on the hill... And Jane? Well, definitely you have to see the picture to know what she does...<br/><br/>Jane Russell wears a bright-red dress as the self-satisfied, eye-catching woman of &quot;The Revolt of Mamie Stover,&quot; but she is definitely no screen substitute of Sadie Thompson as had been intended...<br/><br/>In the middle of the ludicrous plot Jane sang &quot;Keep Your Eyes on the Hands&quot; and &quot;If You Wanna See Mamie Tonight.&quot; The latter tune apt to call up memories of Rita Hayworth&#39;s &quot;Put the Blame on Mame&quot; from Charles Vidor&#39;s &quot;Gilda.&quot;<br/><br/>The CinemaScope format provides a clever framework for Jane Russell&#39;s spectacular physique...

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Reviewed by moonspinner55 6

Raoul Walsh directs Jane Russell in an adaptation of William Bradford Huie&#39;s sexy novel about a brunette bombshell of ill-repute who leaves San Francisco for Honolulu in 1941 and falls into successful career as a dance-hall hostess. The heroine, mercenary and not above some cunning ruthlessness, is an interesting creation, and Russell does her justice. While her wisecracks and general air of condescension are unlikely ingredients for a woman who makes her fortune as a quasi-prostitute, Russell has the hard, salty armor for a role like this. Playing star-crossed lovers with wealthy novelist Richard Egan, Jane is nearly all business, and her witticisms are a hoot. Unfortunately, 1956 was too early for Hollywood to begin revealing the layers of the wanton female mind, and the picture seems too timid, too clean and luxurious as a result. Strictly as a big studio soaper, it has its pleasures. **1/2 from ****

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