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Upper World (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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Banker Making Toast at Banquet
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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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In John Divola's book 'Continuity' (Smart Art Press & Ram Publications, 1997), he lists photograph #1 in the 'Evidence of Aggression' section as 'Unidentified.' It is a still from this film; it depicts the table in Lilly's room that Lou falls onto and breaks when Alex Stream pushes him. See more »

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References Three Little Pigs (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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Hypotenuse is Ginger
9 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

... in a love triangle that doesn't have much love in it. Railroad tycoon (Warren William) is unhappily married and is neglected by his social climbing wife (Mary Astor). He finds some happiness in a dalliance with a chorus girl (Ginger Rogers), which the plot assures us it is platonic in nature. The overall timbre of the screenplay is a gentle, good-natured feeling, with geniality in good supply all around.

Midway through, the story takes a serious, melodramatic tone as the tycoon tries to extricate himself from blackmail and a double murder, exacerbated by the chorine's boyfriend (J.Carroll Naish). The movie is more interesting and absorbing than you would imagine, and worth every bit of my rating. At only 73 minutes it is well worth your time.


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