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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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Lilly Linda
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Tommy Stream
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Marcus
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Banker Making Toast at Banquet
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Police Inspector Kellogg
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Chris--Janitor
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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 Voltaire (1933) See more »

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Fascination
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by F.D. Marchetti
Played by a quintet at the dinner party
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Nice Drama
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Upperworld (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Above average crime drama from Warner with direction by Roy Del Ruth. A ruthless businessman (Warren William) is getting bored with his wife (Mary Astor) who's only interested in climbing the social ladder so he starts a fling with a showgirl (Ginger Rogers) but this turns out to be a mistake when her manager (J. Carrol Naish) tries to blackmail him, which leads to a double murder. There's a lot to recommend here but the key thing is the performances from the fine cast, which shines throughout the film. William is his typical cool self and Astor is in good form in the few scenes that she's in. The real highlight is Rogers who gets to play a lot of sexuality in this Pre-Code and that includes one scene where she's in a short bathing suit and trips over a bed so that her behind can be facing the camera. Dickie Moore is also good as William's son and Naish nearly steals the film as the ruthless wannabe gangster. Sidney Toler, the future Charlie Chan, plays the cop out to break William. Andy Devine rounds out the cast. The story has a few plot holes along the way and the ending is a letdown but this is still highly entertaining.


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