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Stand Up and Fight (1939)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 6 January 1939 (USA)
It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where Robert Taylor, plantation owner with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate and his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (... See full summary »


W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)


James M. Cain (screen play), Jane Murfin (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Capt. Boss Starkey
Robert Taylor ... Blake Cantrell
Florence Rice ... Susan Griffith
Helen Broderick ... Amanda Griffith
Charles Bickford ... Arnold
Barton MacLane ... Crowder
Charley Grapewin ... 'Old Puff'
John Qualen ... Davy
Robert Gleckler ... Sheriff Barney
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... Enoch
Cy Kendall ... Foreman Ross
Paul Everton ... Phillip Allan
Claudia Morgan ... Carolyn Talbot
Selmer Jackson ... Whittingham P. Talbot (scenes deleted)
Robert Middlemass ... Harkrider


It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where Robert Taylor, plantation owner with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate and his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (first time in his life), and ends up working for a stagecoach line run by Wallace Beery and owned by Florence Rice. Before love and friendship can triumph, Taylor will have to commit to the cause of African-Americans in search of freedom. Written by Andrea Violi

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Did You Know?


The $850 that Blake has left over from his estate in 1844 would equate to about $27,800 in 2015. See more »


Charles Bickford's character is named Morgan throughout the movie, but he's called Arnold in the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »


Oh! Susanna
(1846) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Strains played during the opening credits
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Good movie on many fronts, train lovers should take a look...
14 January 2016 | by lsheffer-95997See all my reviews

This is not your typical cowboy movie, or 'western' Stand up and Fight has good character development, and attempts to be historically accurate for the 1840s. While the dialog Robert Taylor must deliver to explain his position on selling his slaves seems more a 20th century attitude, it is reflecting some of the 19th century writings that have come down to us- but certainly not a justification. This movie piqued my curiosity about what train was used in the train scenes. After a little research, I found it to be the replica built in 1927 of the Norris Lafayette 4-2-0. The replica was built for the 'Fair of the Iron Horse' and B&O's anniversary. This train is in the Baltmore and Ohio railroad museum in Maryland, along with what appear to be the same passenger cars used in the movie. Apparently it is still working, and is occasionally taken out and run. There are you tube videos of it.

Wonderful scenes of this train running are had in the movie. The Lafayette is an historic train, so train lovers, enjoy.

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Release Date:

6 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vasöklű See more »

Filming Locations:

Butte Meadows, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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