7.0/10
670
18 user 10 critic

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 »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Blonde Crazy (1931)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The adventures of an egoistic con man and his glamorous accomplice.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern
Jewel Robbery (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler
Night Nurse (1931)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ann Dvorak
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon
Havana Widows (1933)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Guy Kibbee
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A hospital nurse is recruited by the police to watch a household where a suspicious death has occurred.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joan Blondell, George Brent, Ruth Hall
Certificate: Passed Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Ma Delano (La Verne) runs a boardwalk penny arcade, living upstairs with her sons (Cagney and Gallagher) and daughter (Knapp). Story involves rum running, accidental murder and a frame-up.

Director: John G. Adolfi
Stars: Grant Withers, Lucille La Verne, Warren Hymer
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A foreword warns against the peril of yellow journalism, and the story illustrates it by following events in the upstate New York town of Cornwall after prominant financier George Ferguson ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joan Blondell, Grant Mitchell, Vivienne Osborne
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two telephone repairmen have many adventures and romance a pair of blondes.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joan Blondell, Pat O'Brien, Allen Jenkins
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1932 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Caballero por un día See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Unlike the films of the period, "Union Depot" displays its credits at the end, not the beginning. See more »

Quotes

Charles 'Chick' Miller: Are you one of them melancholy numbers? 'Cause if you are, the party's off right now.
Ruth Collins: No, I feel fine. Honest, I do.
Charles 'Chick' Miller: Nobody's going to sing the blues around me! I got enough troubles of my own. Besides, you don't toss out 64 bucks every day, just to get in the dumpster!
Ruth Collins: Oh, don't be silly. I'll be alright. I just need a little drink.
See more »

Soundtracks

I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Second tune played on the jukebox
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
where a nice suit might getcha

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. stars in "Union Depot" a pre-code effort from Alfred E. Green that follows the myriad stories found roaming within the hustle and bustle at a train station. Fairbanks is a shrewd tramp who weasels his way into interesting situations, which include getting into the suit of a rich man. Once he cleans up (quite nicely), he crosses paths with the gorgeous Joan Blondell, who plays a chorus girl desperate to get to Salt Lake City where a new gig awaits her if she can arrive in time.

"Union Depot" is a very busy, fast paced film full of fun coincidences, and those highly improbable circumstances that make classic Hollywood fare so refreshing. It never quite becomes the "Grand Hotel" in a train station it desired to be, but it's a nice place to spend a little over an hour nonetheless.


32 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed