Up the River is a 1938 prison comedy film directed by Alfred L. Werker and starring Preston Foster and Arthur Treacher and featuring Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. The film is a remake of a 1930 film with the same name directed by John Ford and starring Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart in the roles subsequently played by Foster and Tony Martin.


A passenger on a luxury liner ends up in a card game with men who take him for more than $20,000. After docking and graciously offering them a ride in a limousine, the man reveals his real name, Willis, and real identity, police officer, to the two men who swindled him, Chipper Morgan and Darby Randall.

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    director Alfred L. Werker
    editor Nick DeMaggio
    genre comedy
    keywords big game card game game luxury liner police officer
    musicBy Samuel Kaylin
    producer Sol M. Wurtzel
    publisher 20th Century Fox
    theme prison