Starring Nancy Nash, Grant Withers and Earle Foxe
April 1927

This is not a picture of the great outdoors. It is an enjoyable story of the lives of the stage folk without their grease paint. "Upstream" relates to the good fortune of the "hams" who are fortunate enough to play Shakespearean roles. Sammy Cohen and Ted McNamara, the comedy team of "Waht Price Glory," are priceless in this. Earle Fox (sic), Nancy Nash and Grant Withers head the cast. Better see this. You'll like it.

Starring Earle Foxe, Grant Withers and Nancy Nash
February 5, 1927
Excellently produced, but human appeal is directed only in a few of the situations. In most of the film, the doings of an egotist are shown. These naturally do no awaken the spectator's interest or arouse his sympathy - no one can be pleased with the doings of an ungrateful human being. Nancy Nash arouses considerable sympathy because of the steadfastness of her love for the actor with an illustrious name but with the ability of a ham actor; more so when she, after convincing herself of the worthlessness of this actor, accepts the marriage proposal of a young man who loved her. The spectator feels disgust toward the hero when he sees him refusing to recognize the man who had taught him how to act, as a result of which teaching he became famous. There is considerable comedy in the piece; it is caused by that fine former stage actor, Raymond Hitchcock. Emille (sic) Chautard, as the old Shakespearian actor who taught the hero how to act, is excellent. Lydia Yeamins Titus is good as the owner of the boarding house for actors that were always broke. Sammy Cohen and Ted McNamara, two actors that have appeared in "What Price Glory," do good work as comedians. The plot has been founded on the story "The Snake's Wife," by Wallace Smith; it has been directed skillfully by John Ford, from a scenario by Randall H. Faye.

For more information, see "Upstream" as our "Feature of the Month"

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