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

[Ship Horn Blooing]

- [Buoy Bell Ringing]

- [Ship Horn Blooing]

Look at this, a roadster.

And the gang promised me a limousine.

- It's piecrust to you, ain't it?

- Shut up, you sap.

We ain't out of danger yet.

It's 10 miles to town. Well, so long.

I hope I never see you again.

- Boy, I hate these country prisons.

- I hate all prisons.

- The food is bad.

- Well, listen. Next time-

There ain't gonna be any next time.

Not for me.

- No? What are you gonna do for a livin'?

- Start a chicken farm.

You can start with 100 eggs,

and by saving the pullets...

at the end of the year

you'll have 10,000 eggs.

- Yeah? Listen. Get out and fix that.

- What's the matter?

- I think we got a flat tire.

- Flat tire?

That's luck for you.

I don't see any flat tire.

No? Well, buy a mirror!

- Hey, there!

- [Alarm Sounding]

? [Marching Band]

[No Audible Dialogue]

- ?? [Ends]

- Friends, we will hear from Brother Dan...

once lost in the sea of sin...

but now safe on the shores of love.


Praise be! Praise be! Praise be!

Friends, you wouldn't "tink" to look at me

now that I once was as wicked as you.

But, yea, verily, there's no sinner

among you what I can't call "brudder."

You know how I got lost in crime and sin?

Bad company.

But I found the error of my ways.

I found that crime don't pay.

Now I'm happy in the light

and love the whole world.

- [Drum Banging]

- [All] Praise be! Praise be!

Yeah, even the-the depraved

wretch what led me into sin...

even him I love and forgive.

And remember, "brudders,"

crime don't pay.

[Horn Honks]

No, sir.

Crime don't pay.

And verily, I say to you...

even the depraved wr-

louse... what led me into sin...

even him I love and forgive.

And there is a blow of vengeance coming what-

on all sinners what knows no mercy.

There is retribution for all. And there

is "tunderbolts" comin' from the sky...

on your head, unexpected.

And verily I say to you, the wages of sin

is a punch in the jaw, you louse!

[Crowd Shouting]

What are you pinchin' me for?

He's the one that did it!

? [March]


Twenty-four, 26...

- 28, 30, 32...

- [Siren Sounds]

34, 36, 38, 40, 42.

[Gate Clinking Open]

Another one?

Hello, Al. Another load?

- Howdy, Joe. Yeah.

- Got another load for you.

[Men Jeering]

- Oh, look at the mug on that guy.

- Look at that pan!

[Jeering Continues]

Say, is there a piccolo player in the crowd?

Why, no, sir.

But I can play a saxophone.

So that's what you're in for.

For three months, I been tryin' to get a piccolo

player, and all they send up is saxophones.

Just a lot of punks.

That's all.


Oh, noo that's a shame.

What'd you do, boy,

rob your mama's bank?

Poor kids.

What do you think of that?

- Ain't that a dirty shame?

- Get the pan on this guy.

[Men Jeering]

I been in this jail 40 years...

and the saps they send up here

gets worse and worse.

It's gettin' to be a day nursery.

They wouldn't even allow

those kind of guys in here in my time.

How'd they keep 'em out?

Blackball 'em?

- You know what they'd have called

Big Pete in my day?

- What?

- A sissy.

- [Laughter]

Yeah, there was men in those days-

men with needles in their chests,

men like meself.

[Bones Crack]

Come on over and play ball.


Just one week before the big game,

and they had to go and pardon the pitcher.

It's politics.

That's what it is- politics.

- Somebody higher up don't want us to win.

- You know who it is?

The governor.

- Jessell!

- Well, if it ain't little Morris. So you're here!

Yes, I'm here.

And you're here too, where you belong.

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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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