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Up the River (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 12 October 1930 (USA)
When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue.

Director:

John Ford

Writer:

Maurine Dallas Watkins (from the original story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Saint Louis
Claire Luce ... Judy Fields
Warren Hymer ... Dannemora Dan
Humphrey Bogart ... Steve Jordan
William Collier Sr. ... Pop
Joan Lawes Joan Lawes ... Jean
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Storyline

Two prisoners, Saint Louis and Dannemora Dan, escape during a theatrical production in order to go to the aid of Steve, a former prisoner whose past is about to be exposed by the man who framed Judy unless Steve agrees to help him commit another crime. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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You bet - IT'S FUNNY See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Felfelé a folyón See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Spencer Tracy received a 2-week leave of absence from a hit Broadway show in order to appear in this film. This required the film to be shot under a very tight production schedule. See more »

Quotes

Saint Louis: Steve, you're on the square with Judy, aren't ya'?
Steve Jordan: You bet I am!
Saint Louis: That's all we wanted to know.
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Connections

Featured in Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Brighten the Corner Where You Are
(1913) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gabriel
Played by the Brotherhood of Hope marching band
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early john ford talkie
3 December 2007 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

The other reviews posted have concentrated on Tracy and Bogart whilst ignoring the fact that this is a very early talkie from John Ford.Many of the traits which we see in his classic films of the 40s and 50s are evident in a rather primitive form here.Warren Hymer plays a role which in the later era would be played by Victor Mclaglen.Many of the antics of his characters can be seen in later films.For example the horsing around between the managers of the baseball team hitting the others players is used again by Ford in a fight scene in Fort Apache.All of the music and comedy is used many times in the future particularly in the Cavalry trilogy.So to see 3 nascent talents in one film makes it fascinating to watch regardless of the scratches and mutilation of the print.


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