MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 36,967 this week

Upstream (1927)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  30 January 1927 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 170 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 8 critic

Among the residents of a theatrical boarding house is the last member of a once great acting family, down on his luck. When an offer to star in a London "Hamlet" comes, he takes lessons ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 237 titles
created 19 May 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 21 Sep 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 19 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 1248 titles
created 2 months ago
 
list image
a list of 116 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Upstream" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Upstream (1927)

Upstream (1927) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Upstream.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

3 Bad Men (1926)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed.

Director: John Ford
Stars: George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Ellen McHugh, a poor Irish immigrant to America, finds work in a carnival and is thus able to send her son Brian to a fine school. But when her position is found out, the school expels ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Belle Bennett, Philippe De Lacy, Victor McLaglen
White Shadows (1924)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Paris a wild girl becomes possessed by the soul of her twin who died to save her life.

Director: Graham Cutts
Stars: Betty Compson, Clive Brook, Henry Victor
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Joe Murphy, Fay Tincher, Jack Morgan
Certificate: Passed Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Trovatosi in grosse difficoltà economiche, un vecchio nobiluomo irlandese è costretto a vendere parte della propria scuderia ad un possidente Americano, che si porta via anche il suo ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Leslie Fenton, Willard Louis
Short | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Howard M. Mitchell
Stars: Lucio Flamma, Jean Mann, Ann Christy
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: John Ford
Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Franchot Tone, Reginald Denny
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Mabel Normand
Stars: Mabel Normand, Charles Inslee, Charles Avery
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Documentary showing the making of Stetson hats, from animal skins to the finished product.

7 Women (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Legendary director John Ford's final film involving seven dedicated missionary women in China circa 1935 trying to protect themselves from the advances of a Mongolian barbaric warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Margaret Leighton
Thank You (1925)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Director: John Ford
Stars: Alec B. Francis, Jacqueline Logan, George O'Brien
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nancy Nash ...
Gertie Ryan
Earle Foxe ...
Eric Brashingham
Grant Withers ...
Juan Rodriguez - aka Jack La Velle
Lydia Yeamans Titus ...
Miss Hattie Breckenbridge Peyton
Emile Chautard ...
Campbell-Mandare
Raymond Hitchcock ...
The Star Boarder
Ted McNamara ...
Callahan and Callahan
Sammy Cohen ...
Callahan and Callahan
...
The Soubrette
Lillian Worth ...
Sister Team
Judy King ...
The Sister Team
Harry A. Bailey ...
Gus Hoffman (as Harry Bailey)
Francis Ford ...
Juggler
Ely Reynolds ...
Deerfoot
Edit

Storyline

Among the residents of a theatrical boarding house is the last member of a once great acting family, down on his luck. When an offer to star in a London "Hamlet" comes, he takes lessons from a faded former star, and goes on to huge success as he forgets his old friends. Written by WesternOne

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 January 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Public Idol  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the opening film for the 16th San Francisco Silent Film Festival in 2011. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Few signs of future genius....
20 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Upstream" is an early film in the directorial career of the great John Ford. However, I saw no hints of greatness in this one and felt the story was rather unremarkable.

The film begins in a boarding house for would-be actors. Most of them barely got by and success seemed to elude most of the residents. In this atmosphere, a young actor named Brashington (subtle name, huh?) falls for the assistant to a knife-thrower. However, their romance is interrupted when Brashington is discovered and he's soon the toast of the London stage. It's obvious this guy's success has gone to his head and he envisions himself to be the next John Barrymore (that's why he kept emphasizing his profile--much like Barrymore used to do). In the process, he forgets about the girl and his friends. Time passes and he returns for a visit--and arrives on the day the girl is marrying the knife-thrower! What's next? See this film.

Earle Foxe played Brashington and you can only assume that the director encouraged him to really ham it up and play the role with absolutely no subtlety whatsoever. As a result, he comes off as more a caricature than a real person and the film is therefore very, very weak. Additionally, the story is amazingly simple--too simple--to be taken very seriously. Not a bad film but certainly not a very good one either. It's hard to imagine Ford made this--especially because around the same time, he's made a few decent films (such as "3 Bad Men") and would make one of the truly great silent films only a year later ("Four Sons").


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Props to Michael Mortilla for a great soundtrack! humancomedy
To be shown in Chicago 12/5/2012 rmyers7
Discuss Upstream (1927) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?