One of the last bills signed by President Lincoln authorizes pushing the Union Pacific Railroad across the wilderness to California. But financial opportunist Asa Barrows hopes to profit ... See full summary »
One of the last bills signed by President Lincoln authorizes pushing the Union Pacific Railroad across the wilderness to California. But financial opportunist Asa Barrows hopes to profit from obstructing it. Chief troubleshooter Jeff Butler has his hands full fighting Barrows' agent, gambler Sid Campeau; Campeau's partner Dick Allen is Jeff's war buddy and rival suitor for engineer's daughter Molly Monahan. Who will survive the effort to push the railroad through at any cost? Written by
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The company had rented many local pinto horses for the filming of the Indian attack on the train. During filming, however, local cowboys had to be hired to round up the horses, as they would scatter and sometimes stampede because of the noise and confusion of these scenes - all the shooting, yelling, and yards of unfamiliar cloth on the horses, along with kettles and other implements tied to their manes and tails, made them extremely nervous and uncomfortable, and it didn't require much to make them bolt. See more »
The golden spike ceremony shown in the movie is not true. The golden spike was lowered into an auger hole not driven. Gold is a soft metal and striking it as they did in the movie would have severely damaged it. The original golden spike now at Stanford University shows no mallet marks on the head. See more »
Did you never know that flirting gets into a woman's blood like fighting gets into a man's? Now, a girl begins coquetting to discover if she has the power. Then she goes looking, like a fighter after a bully, for the hardest man to conquer. But 'tis never the man she wants, 'tis the pleasure of bringing him to her feet.
Till the right man comes along and gives her the spanking she deserves.
Ah, that's the man she dreams of.
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My favorite western of 1939, with apologies to Cooper, Wayne, Fonda and Power. Joel McCrea is serviceable as the hero, but a bit too stiff. Cooper or any of the others above would have made a better romantic partner-in-the-wings for Barbara Stanwyck, who is perfect for her role. The plot sounds a little screwy, but is a serviceable stand in for the corruption that was involved in this historic endeavor. Maybe there is too much flag waving and stereotyped characters for modern audiences, but you still have a trainload of memorable characters, a variety of actions sequences and a complicated romantic dance involving Stanwyck through most of this long film. Things never get dull, as there is a caboose full of villains who alternately take the stage for McCreA and his colorful bodyguards to deal with, often in a humorous fashion. Anthony Quinn did not like his role as an evil layabout, hence refused to do another movie for DeMille, his future father-in-law. Brian Donlevy is perfect as another devil incarnate. Robert Preston, whom I often confuse with Donlevy, has a more complicated role, trying to decide whose side he's on and who Stanwyck is actually in love with.
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