A comedy prison picture. The love portion of this Maurine Watkins story is played underneath the comedy. Spencer Tracy and Warren Hymer, as the laugh team, take the picture all of the time, along with William Collier Sr, though much of their comic material is based on the love plot.

A comedy prison picture. The love portion of this Maurine Watkins story is played underneath the comedy. Spencer Tracy and Warren Hymer, as the laugh team, take the picture all of the time, along with William Collier Sr, though much of their comic material is based on the love plot.

Funny idea has two escaped prisoners returning of their own volition just in time to save the big ball game against an opposition jail. Thought is said to have come from a Fox studio publicity man, Joe Shea.

Humphrey Bogart and Claire Luce are also in the prison, but really don’t belong. The boy’s respectable New England folks think he’s in China. The girl was framed by a crooked stock salesman. The way the couple romance is interesting. They must do it with their backs turned and the prison fence between them.

This is Tracy’s first talker, and he easily makes the grade. Joan Lawes, daughter of the noted warden of Sing Sing, plays just that part in this picture, and competently.

Up the River

Production

Fox. Director John Ford; Screenplay Maurine Watkins; Camera Joseph August; Editor Frank E. Hull; Art Director Duncan Cramer

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Spencer Tracy Claire Luce Warren Hymer Humphrey Bogart William Collier Sr Joan Lawes
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