Fun Size Review: Upstream (1927)

Love, jealousy and humor blend in this forgotten film set in a boarding house that caters to actors– a rather threadbare collection at that. This makeshift family of hoofers, chanteuses, aging hams and knife-throwers is put in disarray when one if their own hits the big time.

It’s a trifle but a very pleasant one. This ensemble film was directed by some guy named John Ford.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Success goes to our boy’s head but the boarding house crew has the last laugh. When he comes to show off, they toss him out on his ear.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Peanut Candy Popcorn Balls. Not a cohesive whole but a mixture of multiple elements. Still quite tasty.

Availability: Thought lost for years, Upstream was discovered in New Zealand and released on DVD as part of the Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive set. The whole disc is crammed with rare goodies and is highly recommended but, alas, is now out of print.


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