Up the River

Synopsis: Two prisoners, Saint Louis and Dannemora Dan, escape during a theatrical production in order to go to the aid of Steve, a former prisoner whose past is about to be exposed by the man who framed Judy unless Steve agrees to help him commit another crime.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Ford
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
92 min

You got me all wrong, kid.

I lost more money on that horse than you did.

Did you, Jessell? Did you lose

your position and money and friends?

And mother?

She died at my trial. You killed her.

- If it hadn't been for you-

- Shut up, you little soine.

- You were a thief long before I knew you.

- That's a lie! Take it back!

Cut it out!

Go on. Scram!

Don't do that. Come on.

Don't take it so hard.

I can't help it.

How did your family feel?

Well, they don't know.

I changed my name.

They think I'm in China.

- How'd you do that?

- Well, I got friends out there.

They forward my letters home

and cable my folks once a month.

[Bell Rings]

I'll see you around.

I work in the office there.

Got a lot of new fish coming in.

You know, associates, inmates.

Come on, son.

Buck up, boy.


Come on, you fellas, oill you? Come on.

All right, Pop.

What's the hurry?

- I got plenty of time- 30 years.

- Nix, only 20 for me.

Say, do you think they'd mind

if I was to join in?

- Can you play ball?

- Why, sure.

Go on and get over there then.

Pop'll plaster you with kisses. Hurry up.

And this is the men's yard.

Aren't you afraid here with

all these dreadful characters?

Oh, dear, no.

They're just like little children to me.

In fact, to all the welfare workers.

Watch it.

Oh, how do you do, Mrs. Massey?

- How do you do?

- So jolly to see you again.

Uh, I missed you terribly last Thursday.

Had some friends up from the city.

Charming people.

They were very disappointed

not to meet you.

Well, cheerio.

See you again.

- You see?

- And who is he?

Electrical genius.


[Jeo's Harp Toangs]

Hi, Dooley.

- Famous strangler.

- [Gasps]

Now we go over to the welfare rooms.

You see? They're right over there.

- [Shrieks]

- [Massey] Don't be afraid.

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Maurine Dallas Watkins

Maurine Dallas Watkins (July 27, 1896 – August 10, 1969) was an American journalist and playwright. In the 1920s she wrote the stage play Chicago (1926), about women accused of murder, the press, celebrity criminals, and the corruption of justice. Her play had a successful run on Broadway, during the roaring twenties — the play was then adapted twice for film. Watkins went on to write screen-plays in Hollywood, eventually retiring to Florida. After her death in 1969, Chicago was adapted in 1977 as a successful Broadway stage musical, which developed into an award winning 2002 film version. more…

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