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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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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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Aliança de Aço  »

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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

In order to operate the number of trains required by the production, Paramount had to get a regulation railroad operating license from the Interstate Commerce Commission. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Leach Overmile: Don't reach for your handkerchief, Brett. Just use your sleeve if you want to wipe your mouth.
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Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played in the gambling tent
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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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