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The Sins of Rachel Cade is a 1961 drama film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Angie Dickinson in the title role as well as Peter Finch and Roger Moore.[1]

The Sins of Rachel Cade
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGordon Douglas
Produced byHenry Blanke
Written byCharles Mercer (novel)
Edward Anhalt
StarringAngie Dickinson
Peter Finch
Roger Moore
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyJ. Peverell Marley
Edited byOwen Marks
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • April 2, 1961 (1961-04-02)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States



During World War II, Protestant medical missionary Rachel comes to the village of Dibela in the Belgian Congo. Widowed military administrator Colonel Derode is initially skeptical about her work, but eventually is romantically attracted to Rachel. One of her patients is Paul Wilton, an American doctor with the RAF. She makes love with Paul the night before he is to leave, and becomes pregnant.[2]



Henry Blanke who served as the producer of this film had also produced The Nun's Story (1959), starring Audrey Hepburn. The Sins of Rachel Cade had some familiarities to that story particularly with the lead character: a religious female working to help during wartime. Also, Peter Finch plays an atheistic authority figure in both films.

The film is loosely based on the 1956 novel by Charles Mercer, Rachel Cade, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons.


  1. ^ Variety film review; September 14, 1960, page 18.
  2. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; March 4, 1961, page 34.

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