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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Chick Miller
... Ruth Collins
... Scrap Iron Scratch
... The Baron - aka Bushy Sloan
... Kendall
... Dr. Bernardi
Earle Foxe ... Jim Parker
... The Drunk
... Sadie
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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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18 April 1932 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Caballero por un día  »

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Although the play by Joe Laurie Jr., Gene Fowler and Douglas Durkin was unpublished, it was copyrighted on 3 December 1929. See more »

Quotes

Kendall: What did you do today, from noon on?
Charles 'Chick' Miller: Well, at noon today, I was - I was in the city jail.
Kendall: Yea, what for?
Charles 'Chick' Miller: Vagrancy.
Ruth Collins: Chick?
Kendall: What's wrong with you, sister?
Charles 'Chick' Miller: Oh, lay off her, can't you! She just found out her Santi Claus was a hobo.
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The Kiss Waltz
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
First tune played on the jukebox
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Pre-Code Warner Brothers At Its Best
4 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Union Depot starts with an exterior crane shot that slowly zooms into the train station from above, with no noticeable break as camera goes through the wall into the lobby of the station. Alfred Green, the director of this and many other Warner Bros. movies in the 1930s, keeps things hopping as two homeless men, played by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Guy Kibbee, come into some money accidentally. Joan Blondell, always a welcome addition to any movie, enters the picture as jobless young woman who meets Fairbanks while at the station, running away from a sex maniac played by George Rosener, usually a screenwriter. Someone figured he looked right for the part. Union Depot, with its cynical view of life and its casual approach to sex, stands up better than the synthetic movies made after the strict Production Code took effect in July, 1934. The stars, the off-beat story and Alfred Green's fluid direction make this dated movie fine entertainment.


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