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Up the River (1938)

In this lampoon on prison movies, con men go to jail and become stars of the football team.

Director:

Alfred L. Werker

Writers:

Lou Breslow (screenplay), John Patrick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Preston Foster ... 'Chipper' Morgan
Tony Martin ... Tommy Grant
Phyllis Brooks ... Helen Lindsay
Slim Summerville ... Slim Nelson
Arthur Treacher ... Darby Randall
Alan Dinehart ... Warden Clarence Willis
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Fisheye Conroy
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Graham
Sidney Toler ... Jeffrey Mitchell
Bill Robinson ... Memphis Jones
Edward Gargan ... Tiny
Robert Allen ... Ray Douglas
Dorothy Dearing ... Martha Graham
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Warden Harris
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Storyline

Card sharps Chipper Morgan and Darby Randall pick the wrong victim, Detective Willis, on a transatlantic crossing, and are arrested upon docking in New York and returned up the river to Rockwell Prison, their old alma mater. They had played brilliant football for "dear old Pen" during their prior semesters, and prison coach Slim Nelson is happy to see them back for graduate work, especially with the annual grudge game with Larson State Pen coming up. Willis, who has been named the new warden for Rockwell, gives them soft jobs and then places a large bet on the Larson eleven. Both Chipper and Darby feel badly about the raw deal handed fellow "student" Tommy Grant and his sweetheart, Helen, who were innocently caught up in a phony pension racket ran by swindlers Jeffrey Mitchell and Ray Douglas, and were both jailed. When Phyllis is released from Stillwell Prison for Women, she tells Tommy about the two men and their racket, and he decides to escape, even though he has only a month more... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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prison | football | See All (2) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Up the River See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remake of Up the River (1930) See more »

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Rhythmettes
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Music by Harry Akst
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