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Director:
Writers:
John Meehan (screen play)
Viña Delmar (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
9 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A working girl's fortunes improve when she marries into money, but happiness is not so easily won. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Sadie
Gene Raymond ... Tommy

Franchot Tone ... Michael

Edward Arnold ... Brennan

Esther Ralston ... Dolly
Earl Oxford ... Stooge
Jean Dixon ... Opal

Leo G. Carroll ... Phelps (as Leo Carroll)

Akim Tamiroff ... Riccori
Zelda Sears ... Mrs. Craney
Helen Ware ... Mrs. McKee
Gene Austin ... Cafe Entertainer
Coco and Candy ... Cafe Entertainers (as Candy and Coco)
Candy Candido ... Candy of 'Coco and Candy' - Bass Player
Otto Heimel ... Coco of 'Coco and Candy' - Guitar Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Second Butler - at Downstairs Meeting (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Intern with Dr. Briggs (uncredited)
Nellie Bly Baker ... Downstairs Laundress (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Short-order Cook (uncredited)
Barlowe Borland ... Brennan's Servant (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Second Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Dr. Taylor - with Dr. Briggs (uncredited)
James Burke ... First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Uncle Snowden (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ... Brennan's Cook (uncredited)
Frank Conroy ... Dr. Briggs (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Automat Diner (uncredited)
Eva Dennison ... Aunt Sara (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... Chorus Girl in Cafe (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Alderson (uncredited)
Helen Freeman ... Brennan's Maid (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Ethel Griffies ... Woman in Subway (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Branch (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Tiffany Salesman (uncredited)
Mimi Lawler ... Downstairs Maid (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Brennan's Second Doctor (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney ... Policeman at Marriage Bureau (uncredited)
Charles Hill Mailes ... Uncle Ben (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Joe - Alderson's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Brennan's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Alderson's Butler (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Brennan's Swedish Maid (uncredited)
Richard Tucker ... Dr. Patrick - with Dr. Briggs (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Brennan's Cook's Assistant (uncredited)
Billie Van Every ... Chorus Girl in Cafe (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Mr. Alderson (uncredited)
Leo White ... Skinny Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Pest in Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
 
Writing credits
John Meehan (screen play)

Viña Delmar (based on a story by)

Carey Wilson  uncredited

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fredric Hope .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Art Wilson .... mixer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Axt .... synchronization (as Dr. William Axt)
Nacio Herb Brown .... songs by
Arthur Freed .... songs by
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lucille Day .... stand-in: Joan Crawford (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
93 min
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Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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:
Opal:Feeling better?
Sadie McKee Brennan:Yes, thanks to you.
Opal:You're gonna find out about men - -the tripe.
Sadie McKee Brennan:No, thanks. Not interested.
Opal:Swell. They come to my dump to get taken, see? And if you're smart...
[to woman in subway]
Opal:Am I talking loud enough?
Sadie McKee Brennan:I'm kind of sick of men.
Opal:Oh, you're crazy. They've got what we want, all of it. And every gal has her price. Yours ought to be high.
[to woman on subway]
[...]
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Sadie Was A Lady, 31 July 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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