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John Meehan (screenplay)
Viña Delmar (story)
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Release Date:
9 May 1934 (USA) See more »
The life of Sadie McKee takes many twists and turns. She starts as the daughter of the cook for the well off Alderson family... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Carrying the Torch See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Sadie McKee
Gene Raymond ... Tommy Wallace

Franchot Tone ... Michael Alderson

Edward Arnold ... Jack Brennan

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

Leo G. Carroll ... Phelps - Brennan's Butler (as Leo Carroll)

Akim Tamiroff ... Riccori - Cafe Owner
Zelda Sears ... Mrs. Craney - Landlady
Helen Ware ... Mrs. McKee
Gene Austin ... Cafe Entertainer on Piano
Coco and Candy ... Cafe Entertainers (as Candy and Coco)
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)
Candy Candido ... Candy of 'Coco and Candy' - Bass Player (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)

Ethel Griffies ... Woman in Subway (uncredited)
Otto Heimel ... Coco of 'Coco and Candy' - Guitar Player (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)
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)
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Directed by
Clarence Brown 
Writing credits
John Meehan (screenplay)

Viña Delmar (story "Pretty Sadie McKee") (as Vina Delmar)

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn 
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 .... musical synchronization (as Dr. William Axt)
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lucille Day .... stand-in: Joan Crawford (uncredited)
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Additional Details

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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One of the first films to treat alcoholism as a serious problem, instead of a comic device.See more »
Sadie McKee Brennan:[showing off her bedroom] Here it is.
Opal:Lady, when you say, "I do take thee," how you take him.
Sadie McKee Brennan:[chuckles]
Opal:Got this all to yourself?
Sadie McKee Brennan:Yep, all to myself.
Opal:Always all to yourself?
Sadie McKee Brennan:Yep.
Opal:Well, a whole lot of us do a whole lot more for a whole lot less.
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Carrying the Torch, 11 July 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

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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