Watch: The Revolt of Mamie Stover 1956 123movies, Full Movie Online – Set in the early ’40s, a San Francisco prostitute is run out of town just as the second World War has begun to intensify. Mamie settles down in Hawaii, hoping to start a new life. Though her prospects look good when she falls in love with a science-fiction writer who treats her with the respect she deserves, the dawning war and the fallacies of her previous lifestyle complicate their budding romance. Mamie cannot fully remove herself from her former profession, and provides some of her old services to the sailors stationed in town. Searching for another means of financial security, Mamie invests in several pieces of real estate and becomes quite wealthy, though her bad reputation has not been forgotten by the locals..
Plot: In 1941, prostitute Mamie Stover (Jane Russell) has no choice but to flee San Francisco when the police turn on her and want her out of town. Figuring Hawaii would be a great place to begin anew, Stover books a trip aboard a Honolulu-bound boat, where she happens to meet writer Jim Blair (Richard Egan), who is quite taken with the former streetwalker. However, when the ship reaches Hawaii, Stover soon falls back into her old ways and begins working at a nightclub, much to Blair’s dismay.
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Oh My, Who, on Oahu
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…
CAREER GIRL’S DREAMS DASHED
Story of fallen woman’s redemption gone wrong. Typical ’50’s “women’s movie’ moral: Housewives GOOD, Career Girls BAD
Run out of San Francisco for a casino hustle, lil’ ole Mamie Stover (Jane Russell), originally from a dirt-poor small town in Mississippi, sets out to make good (which to her means make good money) in Honolulu, joining the corps at 10 cents a dance in a gentlemen’s nightclub, and ends up the most celebrated taxi dancer, not only in Hawaii, but also Alaska and all (at the time) 48 states.
She falls for a handsome, successful, seemingly sensitive Jim Blair (Richard Egan), practically perfect except for one thing: he comes from the RIGHT side of the tracks. His comfortable money vs her lust for it is the only thing that comes between them, but it does, a LOT. Every meeting is a fight and reconciliation. till Pearl Harbor happens and he’s sent off to war with the promise that she’ll stay home and pine for his return
But by now she’s gotten a taste of the Big Time and can’t stay away. She’s become such a star that she forces Me. Tinkertoy, uh, Bertha Parchman (the incomparable Agnes Moorehead, who can do no wrong, even in a throwaway project like this), the dancehall’s proprietress, to give her bigger and bigger percentages of the business profits, with which she steals property from poor unfortunate locals who feel they have to get out of Dodge, their most likely other option being learn Japanese, and ends up becoming the biggest female real estate mogul in Hawaii, all the while lying to her Odysseus, giving him to believe she’s just sitting around knitting sweaters till he gets back.
He learns of her perfidy when the guys in his barracks overseas pass around her current pin-up, and breaks the engagement the first opportunity he gets for leave, In the past he’s insisted that he understands her, but obviously not, If he can’t come down from his snooty high-horse and accept a self-made accomplished woman, then good riddance, and she ends up giving it all up and returning home to Mississippi, like she swore she never would.
In addition to her usual masterful delivery of passive-aggressive smart-ass jabs, here Jane’s softer side is glimpsed from time to time, and at such times her vulnerability is palpable. Richard Egan seems sincere,
#metooers won’t like this
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min), 1 hr 29 min (89 min) (FMC Library Print)
Director Raoul Walsh
Writer Sydney Boehm, William Bradford Huie
Actors Jane Russell, Richard Egan, Joan Leslie
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.55:1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope
Printed Film Format 35 mm