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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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Taglines:

"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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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

Joan Lawes was the daughter of Warden Lawes, and was born in Ossining, which is where Sing Sing Prison is located, and where some of this was filmed, so that's most likely how she came about to be in it. She made no other films. 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

May: [May and June, twin sisters singing part of "The Prisoner's Song" on the hayride wagon] 'I'll be carried to the new jail tomorrow, Leaving my poor darling alone, With the cold prison bars all around me, And my head on a pillow of stone... '
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Soundtracks

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by people on the haywagon
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Great fun
5 December 2011 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Wonderfully entertaining comedy drama about two prisoners (Bogart and Luce) who fall in love and what happens after Bogart is paroled. Spencer Tracy plays a flamboyant convict who comes to their aid when the two lovebirds are threatened by some very bad men. Lighthearted fun, set in a prison only Hollywood could dream up. An early John Ford talkie,this was made when and Bogart and Tracy were at the beginning of their careers. They are a blast to watch, and Luce is charming as a timid young woman who has been imprisoned on the flimsiest of charges. Some great comedic moments. A must-see for fans of two of the greatest actors of the 20th century.


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