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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 McKee Brennan
Gene Raymond ... Tommy Wallace
Franchot Tone ... Michael Alderson
Edward Arnold ... Jack Brennan
Esther Ralston ... Dolly Merrick
Earl Oxford Earl Oxford ... Stooge
Jean Dixon ... Opal
Leo G. Carroll ... Phelps Finnegan (as Leo Carroll)
Akim Tamiroff ... Riccori
Zelda Sears ... Mrs. Craney
Helen Ware ... Mrs. McKee
Gene Austin ... Cafe Entertainer
Candy Candido ... Candy of 'Coco and Candy' - Bass Player
Otto Heimel Otto Heimel ... Coco of 'Coco and Candy' - Guitar Player
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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)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Part of this movie is used as the golden oldie Joan Crawford is watching as Blanche Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

Quotes

Jack Brennan: Hey, you're a great girl, Sadie. Is your mother alive?
Sadie McKee Brennan: Yeah.
Jack Brennan: Oh, that's fine. I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll send her a little present, huh? Anything you like. We'll send her a season pass to the Yankee stadium, huh? Ha-ha, yes, yes, just a little present, just a little present.
[Passes out, drunk]
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

After You've Gone
(1918) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Henry Creamer and Turner Layton
Played and Sung by Gene Austin (piano), Candy Candido (bass) and Otto Heimel (guitar)
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Satisfying and trim
22 August 2005 | by hildacraneSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the Crawford oeuvre, in all its permutations and occasional excesses. That said, her Sadie is refreshingly underplayed and sincere. The mid-Atlantic accent that she tended to is at a minimum here, and there is a fluidity that is in much contrast to the Greek tragic masks, riveting though they are, of some of her later performances. The wonderful Jean Dixon is on hand in a role that is a precursor to Eve Arden's pal of "Mildred Pierce" and "Goodbye My Fancy"--worldly, rueful, self-denigrating. (Mary Phillips took on a similar part in "The Bride Wore Red" several years later.) Esther Ralston does a fine job as the blowsy, sensuous man-stealer--at one point she practically does a Mae West with her intonations and stance. Solid performances also from Franchot Tone and Gene Raymond and the always-reliable, under-appreciated Edward Arnold. The very engaging Earl Oxford appears as "the Stooge" and one wonders why this charmer did not have a film career.

The story is serviceable, and there is a motif of characters' taking responsibility for their lives, and, as best they can, making amends for wrongs. Note that at the start and end of the film there are scenes in which the camera follows a character from one room to the next in such a way that you realize that there is not any real partition between the two rooms--an enjoyable little breaking of the "fourth wall" premise of theater.


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