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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.

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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 ...
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Opal
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Phelps Finnegan (as Leo Carroll)
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Riccori
Zelda Sears ...
Mrs. Craney
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Mrs. McKee
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Candy Candido ...
Candy of 'Coco and Candy' - Bass Player
Otto Heimel ...
Coco of 'Coco and Candy' - Guitar Player
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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)  »

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Abenteuer einer schönen Frau  »

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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

Tommy Wallace: I'm Tommy Wallace. Not that that cuts any ice.
Dolly Merrick: Oh, there's no ice around here. I got warm just listening to you.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2017) See more »

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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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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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