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Union Pacific (1939)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 5 May 1939 (USA)
In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

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Cast

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Jeff Butler
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Duke Ring
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Cordray
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General Casement
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Asa M. Barrows
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Oakes Ames
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Calvin
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Mrs. Calvin
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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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5 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

The gold spike used at the ceremony to mark the end of the construction was the same spike actually used in the May 10, 1869 event, on loan from Stanford University. See more »

Goofs

After the train wreck, and during all the scenes that immediately follow, Barbara Stanwyck suddenly appears with a very stylish 1939 bobbed hairstyle which we had not seen before, and which, of course, is completely inappropriate to the time period during which the story is taking place. See more »

Quotes

Leach Overmile: Now you boys has got your options of getting out in 30 seconds or being buried in 30 minutes.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Played offscreen on piano in the St. Louis saloon
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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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