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Union Pacific (1939)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 5 May 1939 (USA)
In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mollie Monahan
... Jeff Butler
... Fiesta
... Dick Allen
... Leach Overmile
... Sid Campeau
... Duke Ring
... Cordray
... General Casement
... Asa M. Barrows
... General Dodge
... Oakes Ames
... Calvin
... Mrs. Calvin
... Sam Reed
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One of the last bills signed by President Lincoln authorizes pushing the Union Pacific Railroad across the wilderness to California. But financial opportunist Asa Barrows hopes to profit from obstructing it. Chief troubleshooter Jeff Butler has his hands full fighting Barrows' agent, gambler Sid Campeau; Campeau's partner Dick Allen is Jeff's war buddy and rival suitor for engineer's daughter Molly Monahan. Who will survive the effort to push the railroad through at any cost? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"Union Pacific" is coming!

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Drama | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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5 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Aliança de Aço  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The company had rented many local pinto horses for the filming of the Indian attack on the train. During filming, however, local cowboys had to be hired to round up the horses, as they would scatter and sometimes stampede because of the noise and confusion of these scenes--all the shooting, yelling, and yards of unfamiliar cloth on the horses, along with kettles and other implements tied to their manes and tails, made them extremely nervous and uncomfortable, and it didn't require much to make them bolt. See more »

Goofs

Position of Mollie's left arm when Jeff starts to read his letter on the handcar. See more »

Quotes

Asa M. Barrows: I hate the sight of you. You've cost me millions. But you've cured my indigestion.
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Soundtracks

I've Been Working on the Railroad
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
Sung by the railroad men
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Dated Special-Effects, Length Don't Help This Movie
8 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's not a bad film but it's too long. Man, at 136 minutes this is tough to sit through although if you can make it to the halfway point, you are way ahead of the game because the slowest part is the first half.

Barbara Stanwyck was still young, fresh-looking and spunky and I enjoyed her. Robert Preston seemed to be the most natural of the male leads. Joel McCrea seemed a little stiff in his delivery. Brian Donlevy was good as always.

What detracted me from enjoying this movie was the dated special-effects. Every time somebody was on something that was moving - a horse, wagon carts, trains, etc - it really looked hokey. Obviously, they were in a studio with a screen behind them. It was so phony it made the film lose credibility.

The classic movies that hold up better, generally speaking, are the ones that don't rely too much on realism, action-wise.


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