Upper World

Upper World

Warren William
Director: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Warren William
Warren William
, Mary Astor
Mary Astor
, Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
Roy Del Ruth


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Written by the prolific Ben Hecht, Upper World is a clash-of-class melodrama set in New York City. Railroad tycoon Alexander Stream (Warren William) is neglected by his social-climbing wife Mary Astor. Quite unintentionally, through a chance encounter, he strikes up a reasonably chaste friendship with good-hearted showgirl Lilly Linder (Ginger Rogers). Lilly's ex-boyfriend Lou Colima (J. Carroll Naish) sees an opportunity to blackmail Stream; Lilly tries to block him from doing so, and is murdered for her troubles. Stream shoots Colima in self-defense and manages to cover up his involvement so that the crime scene looks like a murder-suicide, protecting his good name and marriage in the process. But a vitriolic cop (Sidney Toler), whom Stream had earlier gotten demoted over a traffic stop -- and who was on patrol in the vicinity of the crime -- involves himself in the case and gathers enough evidence to point the detectives and the press toward the wary tycoon. Though he must stand trial for Colima's death, Stream is supported in his ordeal by his suddenly attentive and affectionate wife.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2011
UPC: 0883316278925
Original Release: 1934
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:13:00
Sales rank: 10,131

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren William Alexander Stream
Mary Astor Mrs. Hettie Stream
Ginger Rogers Lilly Linder
Andy Devine Oscar the Chauffeur
Dickie Moore Tommy Stream
Henry O'Neill Banker
J. Carrol Naish Lou Colima
Sidney Toler Officer Moran
Theodore Newton Rocklen
Robert H. Barrat Commissioner Clark
Ferdinand Gottschalk Marcus
Marie Astaire Actor
James P. Burtis Actor
Nora Cecil Housekeeper
Jack Cheatham Detective
Clay Clement Medical Examiner
Lucille Collins Chorus Girl
Frank Conroy Attorney
Douglas Cosgrove Johnson
William B. Davidson City Editor
Sidney de Grey Foreman
Lester Dorr Steward
James Durkin Actor
Jay Eaton Salesman
John Elliott Crandall
Robert Greig Caldwell the Butler
Howard Hickman Judge
William Jeffrey Bradley
Armand Kaliz Maurice
Milt Kibbee Pilot
Edward J. Le Saint Henshaw
Wilfred Lucas Captain
Tom McGuire Bailiff
Bert Moorhouse Court Clerk
Henry Otho Cop
John Qualen Chris the Janitor
Willard Robertson Capt. Reynolds
Mickey Rooney Jerry
Cliff Saum Sailor
Harry Seymour Passerby
Frank Sheridan Inspector Kellogg
Edwin Stanley Fingerprint Expert
Guy Usher Carter
Monte Vandergrift Actor

Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Anton Grot Art Director
Robert Lord Producer
Owen Marks Editor
Ben Markson Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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