Upper World

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

William is a wealthy businessman whose socialite wife, Astor, has little time for him. He takes up with burlesque queen Rogers, setting her up in an apartment. Her employer, Naish, wants to use this cozy arrangement to blackmail William, and one night as the proposed victim visits Rogers, Naish pulls a gun on him. Rogers sacrifices her life by stepping...read more

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William is a wealthy businessman whose socialite wife, Astor, has little time for him. He takes up with burlesque queen Rogers, setting her up in an apartment. Her employer, Naish, wants to use this cozy arrangement to blackmail William, and one night as the proposed victim visits

Rogers, Naish pulls a gun on him. Rogers sacrifices her life by stepping in front of the bullet, and William quickly guns down Naish in self-defense and flees. Detective Toler, vindictive since William had the cop transferred to the Bronx for giving him a speeding ticket, finds a fingerprint and

prepares to arrest William during a swank party the businessman is giving at his home. Astor backs him in court and he is acquitted. Good, literate script by Ben Hecht puts this production a notch above the usual run of romantic triangles turned murder-dramas that were very popular in 1934.

Nothing unique here, apart from Rogers' death--the only time she was ever to die on screen. Another curious aspect is the effect of the newly established Motion Picture Code that forced the screenwriters to go to great lengths to show that the relationship between Rogers and William is completely

innocent despite the apartment he furnishes her with and the fact that he is going to be blackmailed for his involvement with the showgirl. Thanks to the script and good performances by all the leads, this film holds up surprisingly well today.

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