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Sadie McKee (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 9 May 1934 (USA)
A working girl's fortunes improve when she marries into money, but happiness is not so easily won.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

John Meehan (screen play), Viña Delmar (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Sadie
Gene Raymond ... Tommy
Franchot Tone ... Michael
Edward Arnold ... Brennan
Esther Ralston ... Dolly
Earl Oxford Earl Oxford ... Stooge
Jean Dixon ... Opal
Leo G. Carroll ... Phelps (as Leo Carroll)
Akim Tamiroff ... Riccori
Zelda Sears ... Mrs. Craney
Helen Ware ... Mrs. McKee
Gene Austin ... Cafe Entertainer
Candy Candido ... Cafe Entertainer (as Candy and Coco)
Otto Heimel Otto Heimel ... Cafe Entertainer (as Candy and Coco)
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Storyline

The life of Sadie McKee takes many twists and turns. She starts as the daughter of the cook for the well off Alderson family. Lawyer Michael Alderson likes Sadie but she runs off to New York City with boyfriend Tommy to get married. Before they get married, Tommy takes up with show girl Dolly and deserts her. Sadie stays in New York and becomes involved with Michael's boss, millionaire Brennan. She marries the chronically alcoholic Brennan for his money. Michael views her as a golddigger at first, but then sees her help Brennan beat his alcoholism. Sadie leaves Brennan to try and find Tommy when she hears that her old flame is in trouble. Little does she know just how much trouble. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

She rose from calicos to silks, with men as the stepping stones! (print Ad- Leader-Post, ((Regina, Sask.)) 27 June 1934) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Many people who are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Alice Mae (Secretary at Michael's), Sam McDaniel (Red Cap), William Welsh (Conductor), Doris Kemper (Nurse) and Eugene Borden (Ship's Bugler) See more »

Goofs

When Sadie and Brennan are both drunk and on the edge of bed; their faces are cheek to cheek after kissing. But on the next cut; the distant between their heads have now changed and are further apart. See more »

Quotes

Michael Alderson: [to Sadie] You ran away with a no-good-for-nothing rat. Then because he let you down, you jumped at the same cheap conclusions all cheap people do.
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Connections

Featured in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Home, Sweet Home
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Played by Gene Austin, Candy Candido and Otto Heimel
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Sadie Was A Lady
31 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'd have to describe Sadie McKee as both the typical Joan Crawford vehicle and the typical Franchot Tone vehicle. The two of them who were husband and wife when the film was made are perfectly cast in roles that typified their images in the Thirties.

Crawford is the daughter of a cook on the sumptuous palatial Long Island estate where Tone is the young heir and a lawyer by trade. To earn a few extra bucks Crawford occasionally helps mom out serving at formal meals.

At one of those meals she hears Tone disparaging her sweetheart Gene Raymond who was caught in a petty theft. Tone makes a big point in saying we can't give people like these help because they're no good. Crawford throws a fit and runs to Raymond.

She almost marries Raymond, but he runs out on her for Esther Ralston. In New York working as a nightclub cigarette girl she runs into Edward Arnold who is a millionaire with a severe drinking problem. No doubt caused by drinking a lot of rotgut liquor during recently repealed Prohibition. And wouldn't you know it, Tone is his lawyer.

So Sadie has her three men, give you one guess who she winds up with in the end. You'd probably guess right, but let's say it's a character altering experience for all.

Sadie McKee is probably a good example of the Joan Crawford shop girl before she became a hardened creature like Crystal Allen in The Women. As for Franchot Tone, MGM just loved casting him as rich men in a tuxedo, probably because he looked so darn good in them. The only way either of them escaped type casting was as they got older they varied their parts due to age. Crawford was ever the film star, even in some of the horror flicks she did in the sixties. Tone went right into television and worked steady right up to his death.

Sadie McKee however is a good opportunity to see them both young and at the height of their fame. Also note the Nacio Herb Brown-Arthur Freed ballad All I Do Is Dream Of You comes from Sadie McKee.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer einer schönen Frau See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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