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Upperworld (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 28 April 1934 (USA)
A rich railroad tycoon, bored with his marriage (his wife has no time for him -- she's too busy giving parties and sailing on yachts) starts seeing a showgirl. This are going OK until the ... See full summary »

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Lou Colima (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Chris--Janitor
Willard Robertson ...
Police Capt. Reynolds
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A rich railroad tycoon, bored with his marriage (his wife has no time for him -- she's too busy giving parties and sailing on yachts) starts seeing a showgirl. This are going OK until the girl's manager/boyfriend, seeing his chance to make some big money, decides to blackmail him. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Originally set to be produced by RKO in 1930. See more »

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References Goodbye Again (1933) See more »

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
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Written by Ann Ronell and Frank Churchill
Sung by Ginger Rogers and Warren William
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Almost Great
18 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Within the context of B-dramedies, this is undoubtedly a great movie, but within the overall context of movies as a whole, it falls just short. While it utilizes an "A" cast, led by the superb Warren William, the plot just loses too much steam at the end to really feel like it meets its potential. The build-up in the movie, especially the sharp dialogue that is given to the aforementioned William, makes the movie feel even shorter than its hour-plus running time. It certainly never drags, and the grey characterization given to the various roles even makes the film food for analytical fodder. Unfortunately, the trial and cop-out yacht cruise ending come so fast and non-furious that even the most accepting of viewers will feel at least a bit cheated. Nonetheless, if you ever stumble upon this on TCM and have a little time to spare, it is more than worth your while, and is remarkably non-dated.


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