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Union Pacific (1939)

Passed  -  Drama | Western  -  5 May 1939 (USA)
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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 »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Cast

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Jeff Butler
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Lynne Overman ...
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Robert Barrat ...
Duke Ring
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Cordray
Stanley Ridges ...
General Casement
Henry Kolker ...
Asa M. Barrows
Francis McDonald ...
General Dodge
Willard Robertson ...
Oakes Ames
Harold Goodwin ...
Calvin
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Mrs. Calvin
Richard Lane ...
Sam Reed
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Western

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5 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Union Pacific  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the Indian attack on the train, Paramount hired 100 Navajo Indian extras. See more »

Goofs

All handguns shown are the Colt Single-Action Army Model of 1873. The Golden Spike was driven at Promontory Point in 1869, four years before this revolver model was made. See more »

Quotes

Fiesta: I look around and pretty soon I marry my wife in Santa Fe. Ah, the best woodchopper in the country. You bet you my life, the best. But one day she gets bite by a rattlesnake.
Mollie Monahan: She did? Did the doctor get there in time?
Fiesta: No, she's already dead.
Mollie Monahan: Your wife?
Fiesta: My wife? No, no, the snake.
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Connections

Featured in The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
Played as background music when Lincoln signs the railroad bill
Reprised at the golden spike ceremony
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Studio Style Film Making
8 March 2003 | by (Allegan MI) – See all my reviews

A fine example of studio-style film making. The script may not be history, but this is a movie, and not nearly as corny as most films by DeMille. The lead and supporting roles are all well cast and played. The effects are state of the art (for 1939). A film to relax by and get into.


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