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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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Tommy Wallace
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Michael Alderson
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Jack Brennan
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Dolly Merrick
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Phelps Finnegan (as Leo Carroll)
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Riccori
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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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Abenteuer einer schönen Frau  »

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The film's trailer contains clips from scenes not found in the finished film. The first clip shows Sadie talking with Michael in his office. Sadie is wearing the same outfit she wears when she visits Tommy in the hospital but whether it comes before or after that scene is unknown. The second clip (shown at the end of the trailer) shows Sadie in her sparkling evening gown sitting on a couch talking with her head thrown back, presumably taking place after the events at the club (involving Dolly, Jack etc.). Also featured is an alternate take of the confrontation between Sadie and Dolly in the club dressing room when Dolly says, "But I never sold myself for money". See more »

Quotes

Sadie McKee Brennan: [to Dolly] Instead of thanking you, I could kill you and love it.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) 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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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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