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Union Pacific (1939)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Western  |  5 May 1939 (USA)
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In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

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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 ...
Willard Robertson ...
Oakes Ames
Harold Goodwin ...
Calvin
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Mrs. Calvin
Richard Lane ...
Sam Reed
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Storyline

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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"Union Pacific" is coming!

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Drama | Western

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Release Date:

5 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aliança de Aço  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the railroad men ticks off a list of things that had been deemed "impossible," one of them being Moses' parting of the Red Sea - a winking reference to DeMille's earlier silent version of "The Ten Commandments." See more »

Goofs

The chase sequence after the train robbery is shown in mountainous terrain. The robbery supposedly takes place between Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs Wyoming (from geographic references to the train's location in the telegrapher's office). There are no mountains in this area. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Butler: I don't believe I'll need bodyguards.
General Casement: You'll need 'em, alright.
Fiesta: You think we no good, eh?
Jeff Butler: No, it's not that...
Leach Overmile: We've had a lot of experience, Captain. We bodyguarded the last two troubleshooters right up to the very minute they was killed.
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Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Working on the Railroad
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Traditional
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
Sung by the railroad men
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Entertaining Epic
2 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

The building of the transcontinental railroad serves as a backdrop for this epic drama about a romance triangle. Anchoring the triangle, Stanwyck sports an Irish accent that comes and goes, but she is a lively presence. McCrea, as the good guy, and Preston, as a likable bad guy, compete for Stanwyck's affections. Donlevy is the villain while Tamiroff and Overman provide the comic relief as McCrea's deputies. DeMille provides the energy, keeping the proceedings from lagging despite the long running time. The action is highlighted by an Indian attack while McCrea, Stanwyck, and Preston are trapped inside a train wreck and running out of ammunition. It's hokey but fun.


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