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Upper World (1934)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Music | 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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Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Ben Hecht (story), Ben Markson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ... Alexander Stream
Mary Astor ... Hettie Stream
Ginger Rogers ... Lilly Linda
Andy Devine ... Oscar
Dickie Moore ... Tommy Stream
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Marcus
J. Carrol Naish ... Lou Colima (as J. Carroll Naish)
Sidney Toler ... Officer Moran
Henry O'Neill ... Banker Making Toast at Banquet
Theodore Newton ... Reporter Rocklen
Robert Barrat ... Police Commissioner Clark
Robert Greig ... Marc Caldwell--Butler
Frank Sheridan ... Police Inspector Kellogg
John Qualen ... Chris--Janitor
Willard Robertson ... Police Capt. Reynolds
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta Roda See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References Three Little Pigs (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake Your Powder Puff
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Performed by Ginger Rogers and chorus girls at the burlesque theater
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okay film with Warren William
4 January 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Warren William, Mary Astor, Ginger Rogers, and Sidney Toler star in "Upperworld," a 1934 film. William plays a railroad tycoon, Alexander Stream, whose beautiful wife (Astor) is too busy being a social butterfly to spend time with him. He drifts into a relationship with a chorus girl (Ginger Rogers) whose producer wants her to milk Stream for all she can get. She's actually a good kid and doesn't want to do that. Sidney Toler plays a policeman who's demoted after being rude to Stream, and he attempts to blackmail him when tragedy strikes.

I'm a big fan of Warren William, and he's marvelous. He's not the fun-loving, relaxed detective of later films, nor the scoundrel of earlier ones. He plays basically a good man who's lonely. Also, he has a son (Dickie Moore) who, though no one calls him a brat, is a horror show.

Nice ending. Nothing original about the story, but the acting is good.


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