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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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Earl Oxford ...
Stooge
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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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Cafe Entertainer
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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 2 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), in New York City 27 October 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 3 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). Apparently, it was never aired in Philadelphia at that time, where it should have been included as one of the titles in the MGM Film Library then being widely shown by WFIL (Channel 6). See more »

Quotes

Opal: [Looking at Sadie's newspaper on the table] Hey, what are you doing with these? Keeping track of Tommy?
Sadie McKee Brennan: Mmm hmm.
Opal: Listen, are you gonna be nuts about that canary all your life?
Sadie McKee Brennan: I'm afraid so.
Opal: Well, control yourself because you got everything. Everything!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Do Is Dream Of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Gene Raymond three times
Sung also by Earl Oxford in a show
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Satisfying and trim
22 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the Crawford oeuvre, in all its permutations and occasional excesses. That said, her Sadie is refreshingly underplayed and sincere. The mid-Atlantic accent that she tended to is at a minimum here, and there is a fluidity that is in much contrast to the Greek tragic masks, riveting though they are, of some of her later performances. The wonderful Jean Dixon is on hand in a role that is a precursor to Eve Arden's pal of "Mildred Pierce" and "Goodbye My Fancy"--worldly, rueful, self-denigrating. (Mary Phillips took on a similar part in "The Bride Wore Red" several years later.) Esther Ralston does a fine job as the blowsy, sensuous man-stealer--at one point she practically does a Mae West with her intonations and stance. Solid performances also from Franchot Tone and Gene Raymond and the always-reliable, under-appreciated Edward Arnold. The very engaging Earl Oxford appears as "the Stooge" and one wonders why this charmer did not have a film career.

The story is serviceable, and there is a motif of characters' taking responsibility for their lives, and, as best they can, making amends for wrongs. Note that at the start and end of the film there are scenes in which the camera follows a character from one room to the next in such a way that you realize that there is not any real partition between the two rooms--an enjoyable little breaking of the "fourth wall" premise of theater.


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