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Upper World (1934)





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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.


Warren William
as Allexander 'Alex' Stream
Mary Astor
as Mrs. Hettie Stream
Ginger Rogers
as Lilly Linda
Dickie Moore
as Tommy Stream
Andy Devine
as Oscar the Chauffeur
J. Carroll Naish
as Lou Colima
Robert Greig
as Caldwell the Butler
Robert H. Barrat
as Commissioner Clark
Willard Robertson
as Capt. Reynolds
John Qualen
as Chris the Janitor
Sidney Toler
as Officer Moran
Frank Sheridan
as Inspector Kellogg
Nora Cecil
as Housekeeper
Lester Dorr
as Steward
Cliff Saum
as Sailor
John Elliott
as Crandall
Armand Kaliz
as Maurice
Joyce Owen
as Chorus Girl
Lucille Collins
as Chorus Girl
Jay Eaton
as Salesman
Guy Usher
as Carter
Clay Clement
as Medical Examiner
James Durkin
as Detective
Jack Cheatham
as Detective
Edwin Stanley
as Fingerprint Expert
Frank Conroy
as Attorney
Tom McGuire
as Bailiff
Bert Moorhouse
as Court Clerk
Harry Seymour
as Passerby
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