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Sadie McKee (1934)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  9 May 1934 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Gene Raymond ...
Tommy Wallace
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Michael Alderson
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Jack Brennan
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Dolly Merrick
Earl Oxford ...
Jean Dixon ...
Opal
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Phelps - Brennan's Butler (as Leo Carroll)
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Riccori - Cafe Owner
Zelda Sears ...
Mrs. Craney - Landlady
Helen Ware ...
Mrs. McKee
Gene Austin ...
Coco and Candy ...
Cafe Entertainers (as Candy and Coco)
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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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Trivia

One of the first films to treat alcoholism as a serious problem, instead of a comic device. See more »

Quotes

Sadie McKee Brennan: [showing off her bedroom] Here it is.
Opal: Lady, when you say, "I do take thee," how you take him.
Sadie McKee Brennan: [chuckles]
Opal: Got this all to yourself?
Sadie McKee Brennan: Yep, all to myself.
Opal: Always all to yourself?
Sadie McKee Brennan: Yep.
Opal: Well, a whole lot of us do a whole lot more for a whole lot less.
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Soundtracks

All I Do Is Dream Of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Gene Raymond three times
Sung also by Earl Oxford in a show
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I need to see more of Franchot Tone
12 July 2006 | by (Little Rock, Ark.) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of "Sadie McKee" before I saw it on Turner Classic's schedule and decided to Tivo it even though I'm not much of a Joan Crawford fan. I'm so glad I did. I think of 1934 as the start of the "code" period, but this is clearly pre-Code material. Not realistic in the modern sense, but more complex and human than I expected.

The real revelation to me was Franchot Tone as Michael, in whose aristocratic home Sadie grew up as the daughter of the cook. I have seen Tone in a number of other films -- "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "Lives of a Bengal Lancer" come to mind -- but I think I need to seek out some more of his films. In "Sadie McKee," he displayed more emotional range and acting technique than I had ever before seen from him. I understand that he and Crawford were married for awhile after this film was completed. It's easy to imagine the attraction.


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