The Revolt Of Mamie Stover

  • 1956
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A watered-down portrayal of a real-life prostitute, played by Russell, who gets kicked out of San Francisco and takes refuge in Honolulu in the early 1940s. On board a Hawaii-bound ship, Russell meets science fiction writer Egan, who treats her with more respect than any man she's ever met. Although Egan tries to steer her away from a career in a dance...read more

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A watered-down portrayal of a real-life prostitute, played by Russell, who gets kicked out of San Francisco and takes refuge in Honolulu in the early 1940s. On board a Hawaii-bound ship, Russell meets science fiction writer Egan, who treats her with more respect than any man she's ever

met. Although Egan tries to steer her away from a career in a dance hall, Russell pays no heed and takes work at Moorehead's Bungalow Club. With WW II heating up, Egan is sent off to the service, leaving behind Russell and a pretty socialite, Leslie, who loves him. While Egan is away, Russell

becomes a hot property at the dance hall where American sailors line up around the block just to get a few minutes with the curvaceous hooker. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Russell invests wisely in real estate unloaded at low prices by panicked owners. Egan returns to find Russell not only

the star attraction at the Bungalow Club, but an extremely wealthy woman. However, Russell's fortune is amassed at the expense of her reputation--a reputation Egan cannot live with. Instead, he returns to the respectable Leslie. Having learned her lesson, Russell leaves her fortune and reputation

behind, starting off for a new and respectable life in her Mississippi home town. Although THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER promised to be a daring and compelling story, Fox's production heads refused to allow Walsh and Russell to take the film in the direction they wanted. Hoping to portray Mamie

Stover honestly as the enterprising prostitute that she was, Walsh was disheartened by the constraints of turning her into a one-dimensional, cliched hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold. Fox had initially planned to put Marilyn Monroe in the lead, but when that idea fell through, Russell, who had worked

previously with Walsh in THE TALL MEN (1955), was called upon. Adding to the dance hall atmosphere are a pair of tunes delivered by Russell, "Keep Your Eyes on the Hands" (Tony Todaro, Mary Johnston) and "If You Wanna See Mamie Tonight" (Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain).

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