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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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User Reviews:
The Perfect Crawford Vehicle. See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Sadie McKee Brennan
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 Finnegan (as Leo Carroll)

Akim Tamiroff ... Riccori
Zelda Sears ... Mrs. Craney
Helen Ware ... Mrs. McKee
Gene Austin ... Cafe Entertainer
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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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Perfect Crawford Vehicle., 26 March 2004
Author: tjonasgreen from New York, N.Y.

Clarence Brown was an above average director and his pictures with Joan Crawford in the early and mid '30s are better than those she did with others. Brown had an eye and a sense of detail and he favors long takes with two or more performers interacting, which creates a certain tension where there might otherwise be none. Certainly this improbable script is not noticeably better than others Joan did around that time, but everything about this picture works perfectly.

Having finally found her best 'look,' Crawford is undeniably gorgeous, the ravishing epitome of glamor. And Adrian does some of his best work for her in this, putting her in one stunning and flattering gown after another. She is also given a talented and varied supporting cast and all of the big set pieces work, though Edward Arnold's drunk scenes go on for too long.

And there are a couple of fantastic sets, one of Arnold's mansion and the other of a glass sanitarium in the snow. Though the whole cast is more than adequate, a few players stand out: Jean Dixon is delightfully world weary in a leopard coat, Esther Ralston makes a perfect amoral siren, and it's a bit of a revelation to see how much Leo G. Carroll accomplishes by doing very little in his role as a nasty butler. There's also a fantastic jazz version of "After You've Gone" performed by Gene Austin, Candy Candido and Otto Heimel. As for the main players, Crawford, Franchot Tone and Gene Raymond don't dig very deep in their performances, but with a plucky, luscious Crawford at full tilt and with everything else about this movie clicking so well, it doesn't matter. It works.

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