The Revolt of Mamie Stover

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This article is about the book. For the film, see The Revolt of Mamie Stover (film).
1951 Signet edition

The Revolt of Mamie Stover is a 1951 novel by William Bradford Huie about a young woman from Mississippi who goes to Hollywood to work as an actress. Driven into prostitution, she moves to Honolulu, works at a brothel and takes it over, challenges restrictions against prostitutes after the US armed forces are built up on the island, buys real estate, and becomes a wealthy war profiteer.

Plot[edit]

The first two chapters represent an indictment of the film industry. Studio directors abuse the principal character both physically and sexually as she struggles to establish an acting career. A bullying film star cynically exploits and discards her, driving her into prostitution. The novel presents Hollywood as "a jungle where everybody is either predator or prey". More than a decade later, Huie wrote a sequel, Hotel Mamie Stover (1963).

Adaptation[edit]

A movie version directed by Raoul Walsh was filmed in 1956 with Jane Russell in the title role. The screenplay essentially dropped the Hollywood critique.

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