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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 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 Finnegan (as Leo Carroll)
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Riccori
Zelda Sears ...
Mrs. Craney
Helen Ware ...
Mrs. McKee
Gene Austin ...
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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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 »

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Sadie McKee Brennan: What a break for us.
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Featured in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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I'm Willing
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Esther Ralston twice in shows
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Sadie Was A Lady
31 July 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'd have to describe Sadie McKee as both the typical Joan Crawford vehicle and the typical Franchot Tone vehicle. The two of them who were husband and wife when the film was made are perfectly cast in roles that typified their images in the Thirties.

Crawford is the daughter of a cook on the sumptuous palatial Long Island estate where Tone is the young heir and a lawyer by trade. To earn a few extra bucks Crawford occasionally helps mom out serving at formal meals.

At one of those meals she hears Tone disparaging her sweetheart Gene Raymond who was caught in a petty theft. Tone makes a big point in saying we can't give people like these help because they're no good. Crawford throws a fit and runs to Raymond.

She almost marries Raymond, but he runs out on her for Esther Ralston. In New York working as a nightclub cigarette girl she runs into Edward Arnold who is a millionaire with a severe drinking problem. No doubt caused by drinking a lot of rotgut liquor during recently repealed Prohibition. And wouldn't you know it, Tone is his lawyer.

So Sadie has her three men, give you one guess who she winds up with in the end. You'd probably guess right, but let's say it's a character altering experience for all.

Sadie McKee is probably a good example of the Joan Crawford shop girl before she became a hardened creature like Crystal Allen in The Women. As for Franchot Tone, MGM just loved casting him as rich men in a tuxedo, probably because he looked so darn good in them. The only way either of them escaped type casting was as they got older they varied their parts due to age. Crawford was ever the film star, even in some of the horror flicks she did in the sixties. Tone went right into television and worked steady right up to his death.

Sadie McKee however is a good opportunity to see them both young and at the height of their fame. Also note the Nacio Herb Brown-Arthur Freed ballad All I Do Is Dream Of You comes from Sadie McKee.


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