Revolt of Mamie Stover, The (1956): Raoul Walsh’s Romantic Adventure, Starring Jane Russell

Raoul Walsh  directed The Revolt of Mamie Stover, a romantic melodrama shot in DeLuxe Color, and produced by Buddy Adler from a screenplay by Sydney Boehm, based on William Bradford Huie’s novel of the same name.

The picture stars Jane Russell and Richard Egan, Joan Leslie, Agnes Moorehead, and Michael Pate.

The music was by Hugo Friedhofer and the cinematography by Leo Tover, with costume design by Travilla.

This adaptation downplays the novel’s critique of Hollywood and the film industry.

In 1941, prostitute Mamie Stover is pressured to leave San Francisco by the police. On a freighter bound for Honolulu, she meets Jim Blair, a successful writer.

Initially hostile, Mamie softens when he starts using her life story for material for his writing. A shipboard romance develops; Jim offers to help Mamie make something of herself, within limits. When they dock in Honolulu, Mamie sees Jim being welcomed ashore by his sweetheart Annalee.

Later on, a promotional poster of Mamie becomes a popular pin-up with the troops. He is wounded and returns to Hawaii on convalescent leave, where he confronts Mamie. After an argument, Jim leaves her for good, and a heartbroken Mamie leaves Hawaii.

In San Francisco, met by a police officer who reminds her she is still banned from the city.  He offers a ride to the airport to catch a flight to her hometown in Mississippi.

Jane Russell as Mamie Stover
Richard Egan as Jim Blair
Joan Leslie as Annalee Johnson
Agnes Moorehead as Bertha Parchman
Jorja Curtright as Jackie Davis
Michael Pate as Harry Adkins
Richard Coogan as Capt. Eldon Sumac
Alan Reed as Capt. Gorecki
Eddie Firestone as Tarzan
Jean Willes as Gladys