The life of Sadie McKee takes many twists and turns. She starts as the daughter of the cook for the well off Alderson family. Lawyer Michael Alderson likes Sadie but she runs off to New York City with boyfriend Tommy to get married.
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Throughout, they showcase consumer technology - advancement in consumption. And along with it comes advancement in morals and personal freedom. Do what you want, keep on moving. This is the grit that the pre-codes deal with best.
One of the great Self-Sacrificing Woman melodramas of Golden Age Hollywood. Joan Crawford is perfection here, and Franchot Tone is good too as the pretentious lawyer who has to be taught that virtue exists.