Upstream (1927)

Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This long-lost John Ford production was based on The Snake's Wife, a story by Wallace Smith. The scene is a theatrical boarding house, populated by all manner of colorful show-biz characters. Knife-thrower Jack (Grant Withers) is in love with his vaudeville partner Gertie (Nancy Nash), but she only has eyes for ham actor Eric Bashingham (Earl Foxe). But when Eric has a chance to play Hamlet in London, he drops Gertie like a bad habit. Upon his triumphant return to the boarding house, Eric assumes that he'll be able to pick up with Gertie where he left off. He walks into what he assumes is a welcoming reception for him, only to discover that it's party in honor of Gertie and Jack's wedding. Unceremoniously booted out of the party, Eric still manages to strike a Barrymoresque pose for the wedding photographers on his way out! The cast includes Ziegfeld Follies headliner Raymond Hitchcock as the "star boarder," and John Ford's brother Francis as a juggler with a fondness for the grape.