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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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The stuff that Joan is made of... See more (18 total) »

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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Aspect Ratio:
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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:
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 »
Quotes:
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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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The stuff that Joan is made of..., 19 April 2002
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

It's easy to see why films like this made Crawford the idol of millions of young women across the country. It's the epitome of a "vehicle".....a film designed to display all the talents of a star and make audiences fall for them. As in many of her early films, she begins at the bottom...the daughter of the cook for a wealthy family including Tone. She gets a hot scene right off the bat when she angrily defends her boyfriend, who is being derided by the aristocrats at the table, by telling them all off (this moment actually brings to mind Emily Watson's similar, yet much more subdued, scene in "Gosford Park".) Soon she and lover Raymond are off to NYC. This section is fascinating as it portrays the way diners were in that era. There's an astonishing coffee dispenser that is shown in one scene and the Automat is quite interesting to behold (not to mention the corned beef hash and 2 poached eggs for $0.35!) Circumstances progress to where she is working in a dance hall (and showing some positively scary legs! It amazing how times have changed in that, today, a similar dancer would have to have sticks for legs and breasts out to there, etc....) Here she becomes associated with a drunken millionaire (Arnold) who takes a major shine to her. Fortunately, for the viewer, she sticks with him, so she can wear an array of dazzling Adrien gowns and furs. Ultimately, each of the men in her life (Tone, Raymond, Arnold) presents her with a variety of conflicts and decisions....all of which she handles with the utmost nobility and grace. She is photographed magnificently throughout with her amazing profile and luminescent eyes featured repeatedly. It's a good thing the film is in black and white because she'd be too much to deal with in color! Everyone knows that Hurrell retouched his amazing portraits of her, but here she looks quite wonderful with just make up and good lighting. The plot is creaky and contrived and the film is just plain out of date, but it's great to see Joan in action in her quintessential role and there's a decent performance from Arnold and nice work by several other supporting players including Hitchcock favorite Carroll. One fun thing to watch for: As a precursor of the later, more antagonistic Crawford, Joan gets fed up with a nightclub singer, barks at her to "Shut up!" and shoves her backwards into a trunk! Fun stuff.

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