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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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"The Big House" of Laughter is "UP THE RIVER" (Print Ad- San Jose Evening News, ((San Jose, Calif.)) 6 January 1931) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Felfelé a folyón See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly over 1,000 people appeared in the film at actors, bit players and extras. See more »

Goofs

As Steve and his two friends walk into his mother's living room his handkerchief becomes deeper in his pocket. 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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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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Fun start to two great careers
12 June 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Early talkie with an interesting lineup that features two huge stars (Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart) making their first credited feature film. John Ford directs this light drama about the goings-on at a prison. Bogart plays a prison trustee who falls for a female prisoner. He's paroled and the two plan to get married when she gets out. But her former partner in crime tries to ruin their happy ending. Enter Spencer Tracy and Warren Hymer as two likable convicts who break out of prison to help Bogie. A lot of excitement about a prison baseball game, too.

Tracy and Hymer are terrific. Surprised no one thought to team them up in more comedies but it's probably better for all of us that they didn't or else we might not have gotten some of the classics Tracy made. Bogie is such a baby face in this. He really aged a lot by the time his star took off. Early appearance by Ward Bond in a John Ford movie. William Collier, Sr. is fun as veteran inmate Pop. Entertaining, pleasant-going movie that makes prison seem like a nice way to spend your summer!


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