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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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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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18 April 1932 (Sweden)  »

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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

Scrap Iron Scratch: Say, you ain't turned gigolo, have you?
Charles 'Chick' Miller: No. Still a sucker. Santi Claus in wolf's pajamas.
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The Kiss Waltz
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
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Train Station Clientele From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks
15 August 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Union Depot" is an interesting and absorbing melodrama loaded with vignettes and subplots. There is something for everyone in this train station but the plot focuses on Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Joan Blondell, she a struggling actress and he a hobo in disguise. But besides their budding romance there is more going on than meets the eye; the FBI has staked out the station for a counterfeiter arriving on a train; an unbalanced psycho has followed Blondell, hoping to grab her/ attack her/ kill her, or all of the above. And so on.

There is a lot of activity and camera movement which keeps the picture moving and a screenplay which I felt captures the unsavory nature - or, perhaps, the human nature of a train depot, warts and all. Lowlifes blend in with the uppercrust just as would be the case in a real train station, and with some pre-code elements thrown in which couldn't be done a few years later. There are several recognizable character actors adding to the production, among them Guy Kibbee (hobo), David Landau (FBI), Alan Hale (crook) and Frank McHugh (amiable drunk).

TCM showed this one the other day. If you missed it and old movies are your cup of tea, catch it the next time it's listed, because it's a cut above the norm.


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