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.


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).


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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