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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

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

Quotes

Jack Brennan: Whoa! Whoopie! Ha-ha, I must be drunk.
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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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From servant to master
23 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This boxoffice hit from 1934 is a joy to behold for its lack of dripping syrup or treacle as is often the case with these female melodramas, even the best of them. Joan Crawford plays a role she basically had a patent on in the late twenties through the thirties. * Note, Joan Crawford when photographed rightly, looks like the most beautiful woman in the world. The role is that of a servant girl who is in love with one of her fellow workers. He gets fired by the family for something they know he did not do, but to make an example of him, still let him go. This obviously gets Joan riled up and she quits to the chagrain of the master's son, Franchot Tone who loves her. They move together, take the hard knocks together and I'll never forget a scene where a guy puts a cigarette into a hardly eaten cream cake: the look on Sadie/Joan's face is priceless. Will Joan keep her man? Will she survive and escape the claws of poverty? We all know what will happen and Joan to her credit gives one of her best and enduring performances. Check it out whenever it is on Turner Classic Movies.


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