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Union Pacific (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 5 May 1939 (USA)
In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screen play), C. Gardner Sullivan (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Mollie Monahan
Joel McCrea ... Jeff Butler
Akim Tamiroff ... Fiesta
Robert Preston ... Dick Allen
Lynne Overman ... Leach Overmile
Brian Donlevy ... Sid Campeau
Robert Barrat ... Duke Ring
Anthony Quinn ... Cordray
Stanley Ridges ... General Casement
Henry Kolker ... Asa M. Barrows
Francis McDonald ... General Dodge
Willard Robertson ... Oakes Ames
Harold Goodwin ... Calvin
Evelyn Keyes ... Mrs. Calvin
Richard Lane ... Sam Reed
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aliança de Aço See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. It was released on DVD 23 May 2006 as one of five titles in Universal's Cecil B. De Mille Collection, and since that time, has also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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All handguns shown are the Colt Single-Action Army Model of 1873. The Golden Spike was driven at Promontory Point in 1869, four years before this revolver model was made. See more »

Quotes

Sid Campeau: Look here, Butler. You and your railroad cutthroat can't bully me.
Jeff Butler: He called you a cutthroat, Fiesta.
Fiesta: Heh, heh. He knows me pretty well.
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Featured in The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) See more »

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Turkey In The Straw
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Extraordinary film
14 October 2003 | by ragtimeacresSee all my reviews

They don't make 'em like this anymore. Everything you could want in a film: romance, wit, drama, action. Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea make an incredible on-screen duo. The train wreck scene at the end is especially impressive. Kudos to Cecil B. Demille for this work of art. I wish I could give this movie more than 10 stars! :)


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