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Sadie McKee (1934)

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

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Gene Raymond ...
Tommy
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Michael
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Brennan
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Dolly
Earl Oxford ...
Jean Dixon ...
Opal
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Phelps (as Leo Carroll)
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Riccori
Zelda Sears ...
Mrs. Craney
Helen Ware ...
Mrs. McKee
Gene Austin ...
Coco and Candy ...
Cafe Entertainers (as Candy and Coco)
Candy Candido ...
Candy of 'Coco and Candy' - Bass Player
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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9 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer einer schönen Frau  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)

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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

Opal: Feeling better?
Sadie McKee Brennan: Yes, thanks to you.
Opal: You're gonna find out about men - -the tripe.
Sadie McKee Brennan: No, thanks. Not interested.
Opal: Swell. They come to my dump to get taken, see? And if you're smart...
[to woman in subway]
Opal: Am I talking loud enough?
Sadie McKee Brennan: I'm kind of sick of men.
Opal: Oh, you're crazy. They've got what we want, all of it. And every gal has her price. Yours ought to be high.
[to woman on subway]
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How Dry I Am
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Traditional
Sung by Gene Austin, Candy Candido and Otto Heimel with Austin on piano
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Carrying the Torch
11 July 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Joan Crawford acts up a storm in this well done, interesting soap opera like story of working girl Sadie, daughter of a cook, who is madly in love with a loser named Tommy (played by Gene Raymond). Sadie and Tommy run off together to NYC where they soon take up residence in this shabby, one-room apartment. The next day, big plans for job hunting and a noon appointment at the city hall to get married, but unfortunately for Sadie, Tommy the Rat is thrown in the path of a bad blonde/singer named Dolly who hires him on the spot to sing in her act, they kiss and run off together leaving poor Sadie waiting at the so-called altar. But Sadie pulls herself up by her boot straps, gets a job as a dancer, and meets a multi-millionaire (Edward Arnold) with a big drinking problem, while still holding the torch for her beloved Tommy.

This film is quite a good one, the story completely held my interest, and the acting is top-notch with Joan Crawford giving out her full emotional range, Edward Arnold is excellent playing drunk for the majority of his scenes, and Esther Ralston does a good job as Dolly, the loose hipped, barely able to sing man-snatcher. Franchot Tone plays a lawyer, the son of the well-to-do home where Sadie was raised - he isn't given as much to do here as I would have liked but still gives a satisfying performance, and he certainly looks handsome enough, as usual. The film includes a few fun to watch musical numbers, plus some interesting scenes filmed in diners and a neat old-time Automat.


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