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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the play by Joe Laurie Jr., Gene Fowler and Douglas Durkin was unpublished, it was copyrighted on 3 December 1929.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

Quotes

Scrap Iron Scratch: [Last lines] Gentleman for a day.
Charles 'Chick' Miller: [as they walk down the tracks] C'mon. Let's get goin'.
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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
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Snappy Wide Open Pre-Code Depression Era Urban Landscape
29 November 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Snappy, Fluid, and Wide Open Pre-Coder with Doug Fairbanks Jr., Joan Blondell, a Bunch of WB Character Actors, and an On Screen Depression Era Train Station that Impresses. It is an Urban Landscape to Fill with a Cross-Section of the Melting Pot Coming and Going. All Skin-Colors, Languages, and Dress. Upper Crust and and the Crumbs.

This is Quite the Entertaining Movie and the Camera Work and Sound are Outstanding for a 1931 Film. It Never Ceases to Amaze just How Much Plot can be Woven into an Hour Plus. This One is So Full of Colorful Vignettes and Vice that it Effortlessly Makes You Want to Pay Attention to it All.

Above Average Pre-Code Delight and a Larger than Usual Slice of Cityscape Americana on the Move. Unfettered Inclusions...Prostitutes, Extramarital Sex, Prohibition Drinking, an Allusion to Pornography, and More. There is Also a Nod to WWI Vets, Still Much on the Mind of America and the Film also has its Villain with a German Accent.


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