UP THE RIVER-a 1930s Movie with a Young Humphrey Bogart

If you have never seen anyone Balance on their ear? Upside Down! Strongest Ear EVER! And it pulled the man along on the ground. A man does it in this Movie. Lol.

But seeing a Very Young Humphrey Bogart is worth the Watch. You may not even recognize him. But this is a Great Period Movie when America was in love with their Criminals. Yes. Some Idolized them. It was maybe what America is slowly turning back to Today.

After breaking out of prison, St. Louis (Spencer Tracy) and Dannemora Dan (Warren Hymer) split up when Dan turns religious. Dan’s conversion ends after he sees St. Louis with two women, and soon the men are imprisoned again. Meanwhile, another inmate, Steve (Humphrey Bogart), wins the affections of fellow inmate Judy (Claire Luce), but when Steve is paroled, Judy’s boyfriend tries to blackmail him back into crime. So St. Louis and Dan decide to escape again to come to Steve’s aid.

So, Pop some Popcorn and Enjoy!

Tracy had previously starred in two Warner Bros. shorts earlier the same year and Bogart had been an unbilled extra in a silent film, as well as starring in two shorts. Up the River is the first credited feature film for both actors, and is the only film that Tracy and Bogart ever appeared in together. Both had been cast in The Desperate Hours in 1955, but neither would consent to second billing, so the role intended for Tracy went to Fredric March instead. Bogart is listed fourth after top-billed Tracy in Up the River but his role is equally large and his likeness is featured prominently on posters that did not include Tracy’s image. This is the only film Bogart made with director John Ford. Nearly three decades later, Ford directed Tracy again in The Last Hurrah (1958).

After Up the River, Fox gave Spencer Tracy a contract as a leading man for the studio. Although Tracy’s Fox films are highly regarded and considered classics ninety years later, very few made money when initially released so Tracy was eventually fired by Fox, then quickly snapped up by producer Irving Thalberg at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he became an extremely successful star.