The Sins of Rachel Cade

The Sins of Rachel Cade

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by Henry Blanke
Written by Charles Mercer (novel)
Edward Anhalt
Starring Angie Dickinson
Peter Finch
Roger Moore
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography J. Peverell Marley
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • April 2, 1961 (1961-04-02)
Running time
124 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


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 in 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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