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Sadie McKee (1934)

 -  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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Drama | Romance

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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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1.37 : 1
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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

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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) 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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How things have changed - possible spoilers
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another poster has mentioned that this film was released a couple of months before the Hayes Code was being strictly enforced. Nevertheless it has to go through some amazing "story gymnastics" to get several points across.

I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but observe the incredibly indirect way Sadie's friend has to ask if she is sleeping with her wealthy husband, and the almost as indirect answer Sadie gives. Perhaps even this much wouldn't have been allowed under full enforcement of the Hayes Code.

Alcoholism was another touchy subject. It's very clear that Sadie's husband is an alcoholic, but the words "alcoholism" is never used; the disease is simply called "it," and you have to infer what "it" is from the surrounding material.

I'm trying to not give too much of the story away, but another rule movie makers had to follow was that divorced people aren't supposed to be happy. So what to do after Sadie and her wealthy husband are amicably divorced? For the answer, I guess people will have to watch the movie!


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