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Sadie McKee (1934)

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

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Drama | Romance

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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

This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 2 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), in New York City 27 October 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 3 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). Apparently, it was never aired in Philadelphia at that time, where it should have been included as one of the titles in the MGM Film Library then being widely shown by WFIL (Channel 6). See more »

Quotes

Jack Brennan: Whoa! Whoopie! Ha-ha, I must be drunk.
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Connections

Referenced in Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

How Dry I Am
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Gene Austin, Candy Candido and Otto Heimel with Austin on piano
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Great Conclusion
1 September 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Richley, New York, Sadie McKee (Joan Crawford) works as a maid in the Alderson mansion where her mother is the cook. When the son of their employee, the successful lawyer Michael Alderson (Franchot Tone) that was raised with her, returns from New York after two years, his family offers a dinner party to family and friends. While serving soup, Sadie hears the comments made by Michael about her boyfriend Tommy Wallace (Gene Raymond), who was fired from the Alderson factory accused of being a dishonest person. Sadie reacts and tells that they are insensitive. Sadie decides to flee with Tommy to New York to get married and find job. They befriend Opal (Jean Dixon) and she takes them to the low- budget boardinghouse where she lives. On the next morning, Sadie leaves the boardinghouse to seek a job and marry her beloved Tommy. But his next room neighbor Dolly Merrick (Esther Ralston) overhears him singing and seduces Tommy to travel with her in an itinerant show business. Sadie prepares to return home, but Opal convinces her to stay and finds a job of dancer in a nightclub. Ten days later, Sadie is helped by an alcoholic costumer to get rid of an abusive one and he invites her to join him at his table. She learns that he is the millionaire Jack Brennan (Edward Arnold) and his friend is Michael Alderson. When Michael patronizes her telling to leave Jack, she is still angry with Michael and stays with Jack that proposes to marry her. She accepts and is seen by the society as a gold-digger. But Sadie is still in love with Tommy. What will happen to her?

"Sadie McKee" is a Pre-Code drama with the story of a working girl in love with a rascal that marries a wealthy girl. The role is perfect for Joan Crawford. The amoral story has a great open conclusion where the viewer needs to guess the birthday wish of Michael. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Três Amores" ("Three Loves")


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