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Union Depot (1932)

Travelers of different and varied backgrounds meet and interact on one night in a metropolitan train station and its environs.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Joe Laurie Jr. (based on play by) (as Laurie), Gene Fowler (based on play by) (as Fowler) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Chick Miller
Joan Blondell ... Ruth Collins
Guy Kibbee ... Scrap Iron Scratch
Alan Hale ... The Baron - aka Bushy Sloan
David Landau ... Kendall
George Rosener ... Dr. Bernardi
Earle Foxe ... Jim Parker
Frank McHugh ... The Drunk
Adrienne Dore ... Sadie
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Storyline

Among the travelers of varied backgrounds that meet and interact on one night at Union Depot, a metropolitan train station, are Chick and his friend Scrap Iron, both newly released from prison after serving time for vagrancy. Hungry and desperate for a break, Chick fortuitously comes across across a valise abandoned by a drunken traveler. In it he finds a shaving kit and a suit of clothes with a bankroll, which help transform the affable tramp into a dashing gent. After buying himself a meal, Chick seeks some female companionship among the many hustlers who walk the station. He propositions Ruth Collins, a stranded, out-of-work showgirl and takes her to the station's hotel. However, he quickly realizes she's not a streetwalker but another hard luck victim of the Depression. Touched by the Ruth's sincerity, he vows to help her buy a ticket to Salt Lake City, where a job awaits her. Scrap Iron is lucky too, stumbling across a wallet with a claim check discarded by a pickpocket. When ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1932 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Caballero por un día See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Per the bill for Chick's meal at the Union Depot Diner included: Salad (lettuce and tomato) - 15 cents, T-Bone Steak with Onion - 85 cents, Brown Potatoes - 15 cents, Biscuits - 15 cents, Honey - 15 cents, Coffee - 10 cents, and Raisin Pie a la mode - 20 cents. The grand total was $1.75. See more »

Quotes

Charles 'Chick' Miller: You aren't really a well kept woman till you've accepted at least three pair.
[of stockings]
Charles 'Chick' Miller: And a bottle of Lily of the Valley.
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Soundtracks

The Kiss Waltz
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
First tune played on the jukebox
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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joan Blondell=Gem
25 September 2010 | by miss_meliSee all my reviews

This film may not be as pretty as Grand Hotel but its on-par entertainment with that film. What drew me to this film was its Pre-Code status and Joan Blondell. Those things were definitely worth watching but let me put it this way, I came for Joan but stayed for Douglas. He carries this film and carries it well and I love his pairing with Guy Kibbee. I recognized Guy from the films Gold Diggers and I believe 42nd Street-some other pre-code gems. He's playing a very different character here than in those films and plays it well. I recently took a chance and purchased this on warner archive.com and I'm glad I checked out these helpful reviews. I decided to add my own review as every little bit helps and I while I love most old films they all aren't worth the time but this one is. The ending is especially real and I can't help but wonder if it in some small way inspired the ending for Casablanca. Watch it so you'll know what I mean. 9 out of 10!


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