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Upperworld (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 »


Roy Del Ruth


Ben Hecht (story), Ben Markson (screenplay)




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


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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MORE DANGEROUS!-MORE THRILLING THAN THE UNDERWORLD! (Print Ad-Elmira Star-Gazette, ((Elmira, NY)) 9 May 1934) See more »


Crime | Drama | Music


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Did You Know?


The airplane in which Stream takes Lilly to upstate NY is a 1931 Bellanca CH400 "Skyrocket", registration NC12635. It was owned by Wallace Beery. Only 32 planes of this variant were made. Subsequently sold to a mining concern in Saudi Arabia, it was destroyed in 1937. See more »


The police are tricked into believing that a man committed suicide with a gun. He was really murdered, shot from across the room. Even a perfunctory medical examination would make the deception impossible--for example, an absence of powder burns. See more »


Oscar: You pay me 40 a week. Well, I could use more.
Alexander Stream: Yeah?
Oscar: Well, heck, I get along swell and if you did give me any more, why, some big blonde would probably take it away from me.
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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »


How Do I Know It's Sunday?
Music by Sammy Fain
Played when Stream is confronted by Lou at Lilly's apartment
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Forgotton, risque drama
12 March 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

You'll think, when you start this movie, that it's a silly Ginger Rogers comedy. It does start out that way, but before long, it turns into a pretty heavy drama with twists and turns that will shock you. For a pre-Fred Ginger, and the star who no doubt hated Melvyn Douglas's success, Warren William, check out this romantic drama, Upper World.

Warren is a famous millionaire with a beautiful house, beautiful wife Mary Astor, and adorable and playful son Dickie Moore. He's completely satisfied, except for the small disagreement that Mary likes hosting high-society parties and he doesn't. Then, a random occurrence on his yacht connects him with burlesque dancer Ginger Rogers. He rescues her from drowning, then accompanies her back to her apartment, then stays and cooks breakfast with her. Before long, he's buying her twelve thousand dollar diamond bracelets and sitting in the front row during her very risqué dance numbers. Ginger's boyfriend, J. Carrol Naish, finds out about the affair and hopes to blackmail Warren, but his plans go awry.

This isn't the most dramatic movie out there, and it probably won't be your favorite, but it's worth watching if it appeals to you. There are so many movies from the 1930s that have been forgotten about, and many of them are quite good.

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28 April 1934 (USA) See more »

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