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Union Depot (1932)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 April 1932 (Sweden)
Travelers of different and varied backgrounds meet and interact on one night in a metropolitan train station and its environs.

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Chick Miller
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Scrap Iron Scratch
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The Baron - aka Bushy Sloan
David Landau ...
Kendall
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Dr. Bernardi
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The Drunk
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Sadie
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Among the travelers of varied backgrounds that meet and interact on one night at Union Depot, a metropolitan train station, are Chick and his friend Scrap Iron, both newly released from prison after serving time for vagrancy. Hungry and desperate for a break, Chick fortuitously comes across across a valise abandoned by a drunken traveler. In it he finds a shaving kit and a suit of clothes with a bankroll, which help transform the affable tramp into a dashing gent. After buying himself a meal, Chick seeks some female companionship among the many hustlers who walk the station. He propositions Ruth Collins, a stranded, out-of-work showgirl and takes her to the station's hotel. However, he quickly realizes she's not a streetwalker but another hard luck victim of the Depression. Touched by the Ruth's sincerity, he vows to help her buy a ticket to Salt Lake City, where a job awaits her. Scrap Iron is lucky too, stumbling across a wallet with a claim check discarded by a pickpocket. When ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Also Known As:

Caballero por un día  »

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Unlike the films of the period, "Union Depot" displays its credits at the end, not the beginning. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Collins: Oh, I beg your pardon. I thought you were someone else.
Charles 'Chick' Miller: You're right. I am somebody else, but don't let that stop you. Sit down.
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Soundtracks

Beyond the Blue Horizon
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and W. Franke Harling
Played as background music at the end and during the end credits
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Snappy Wide Open Pre-Code Depression Era Urban Landscape
29 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Snappy, Fluid, and Wide Open Pre-Coder with Doug Fairbanks Jr., Joan Blondell, a Bunch of WB Character Actors, and an On Screen Depression Era Train Station that Impresses. It is an Urban Landscape to Fill with a Cross-Section of the Melting Pot Coming and Going. All Skin-Colors, Languages, and Dress. Upper Crust and and the Crumbs.

This is Quite the Entertaining Movie and the Camera Work and Sound are Outstanding for a 1931 Film. It Never Ceases to Amaze just How Much Plot can be Woven into an Hour Plus. This One is So Full of Colorful Vignettes and Vice that it Effortlessly Makes You Want to Pay Attention to it All.

Above Average Pre-Code Delight and a Larger than Usual Slice of Cityscape Americana on the Move. Unfettered Inclusions...Prostitutes, Extramarital Sex, Prohibition Drinking, an Allusion to Pornography, and More. There is Also a Nod to WWI Vets, Still Much on the Mind of America and the Film also has its Villain with a German Accent.


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