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Writers:
John Meehan (screenplay)
Viña Delmar (story)
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Release Date:
9 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

  (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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Runtime:
93 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Leo G. Carroll's first movie role.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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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Every Girl Has Her Price – And Joan's is High, 8 August 2002
Author: Jim Tritten from Corrales, NM

Well-made Clarence Brown pre-Code soaper with Joan Crawford (Brown directs Joan 5 times) costumed by Adrian (he does this a total of 28 times) and photographed by Oliver T. Marsh (he did a total of 15 films with Joan). First class production crew yields a first class film.

Joan plays a `shopgirl' character that could have had no heart (Barbara Stanwyck would have excelled at such an interpretation) but the writers gave her an innate goodness that warms Sadie McKee to her audience. Edward Arnold stands out as the drunken millionaire that must have served as a role model for Dudley Moore years later in `Arthur.' His sock in the jaw to Joan is unexpected and looks very real. Gene Raymond does well as the love interest and if that was he singing – he did it well. His final scene is very good and somewhat unusual. Franchot Tone does not appear to have had the opportunity to develop his character sufficiently to make him more effective. It must have been good enough, because he got Joan after the film was completed. A somewhat zaftig Esther Ralston still manages to demonstrate why she was `The American Venus' and why Raymond spent so much of his time smiling. Why her character does not react to Raymond singing a love song to Joan in the Apollo Theater is beyond me. Leo G. Carroll does a superb job as the butler – his distain for the lower class Joan is great.

Joan's character has many choices in this film and she generally comes out ahead with some short deviations into taking what she can get when she can get it. She gives great looks at Arnold when she realizes she must be his lover now that they are married and later to her friend when she exclaims, `So I've got everything, huh?' and while reflecting what she has done after throwing Tone out of her house. Arnold also has choices and responds well to the outcome of the marriage. Although the two policemen in the film do not take the `tip' offered by Joan, they run out after the taxicab man who gets their share presumably to get their cut out outside the presence of Joan.

This is excellent movie making and a must see for Joan Crawford fans (or anyone else that wants to see a good movie). Highly recommended.

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