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Union Pacific

Year:
Duration:
135 min
Genres:
Drama | Western
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Cecil B. DeMille
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1939-05-05
Filming Locations: Cache, Oklahoma, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Union Pacific
Brian Donlevy
Brian Donlevy
Union Pacific
Joel McCrea
Jeff Butler
Akim Tamiroff
Fiesta
Robert Preston
Dick Allen
Lynne Overman
Leach Overmile
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
William Haade
Dusky Clayton
Regis Toomey
Paddy O'Rourke
J.M. Kerrigan
Monahan
Fuzzy Knight
Cookie
Harry Woods
Al Brett
Lon Chaney Jr.
Dollarhide
Joseph Crehan
General Ulysses S. Grant
Julia Faye
Mame
Sheila Darcy
Rose
Ernie Adams
Gen. Philip Sheridan
Richard Alexander
Card Player (uncredited)
George Anderson
Railwayman (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews
Dr. Harkness (uncredited)
Sam Ash
Railwayman (uncredited)
Earl Askam
Bluett (uncredited)
Harry A. Bailey
Senator (uncredited)
May Beatty
Mrs. Hogan (uncredited)
Don Beddoe
Reporter (uncredited)
Genevieve Bell
Kate (uncredited)
Monte Blue
Indian (uncredited)
Ward Bond
Tracklayer (uncredited)
Dick Botiller
Indian with Accordion (uncredited)
Ed Brady
Bartender (uncredited)
Tom Burke
Laborer (uncredited)
George Burton
Laborer (uncredited)
A.S. 'Pop' Byron
Old Irishman (uncredited)
E.H. Calvert
Major (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers
Telegrapher (uncredited)
Nora Cecil
Snoring Woman on Train (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers
Businessman (uncredited)
Lane Chandler
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Jack Chapin
Fireman (uncredited)
Sonny Chorre
Indian (uncredited)
Davison Clark
Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Clifford
Bartender (uncredited)
David Clyde
Irishman (uncredited)
Iron Eyes Cody
Indian (uncredited)
Allen Connor
Laborer (uncredited)
Hal Craig
Cassidy (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook
Man (uncredited)
Max Davidson
Card Player (uncredited)
Alfonso De Cruz
Draftsman (uncredited)
Victor De Linsky
Card Player (uncredited)
Richard Denning
Reporter (uncredited)
Mike Driscoll
Denny (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll
Man (uncredited)
Peter Du Rey
Reporter (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee
Laborer (uncredited)
Paul Everton
Rev. Dr. Todd (uncredited)
Jim Farley
Laborer-Grader (uncredited)
Martin Faust
Railwayman (uncredited)
Maude Fealy
Woman (uncredited)
John Fee
Man (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston
Reporter (uncredited)
James Flavin
Paddy (uncredited)
Byron Foulger
Andrew Whipple (uncredited)
J.C. Fowler
Official (uncredited)
George B. French
Senator (uncredited)
Will Geer
Foreman (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson
Card Player (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert
Telegrapher (uncredited)
William Gillis
(uncredited)
Wesley Giraud
Boy (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire
Gov. Stafford (uncredited)
Dick Gordon
Reporter (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon
Irishman (uncredited)
Wylie Grant
Savage (uncredited)
George Guhl
Irishman (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton
Card Player (uncredited)
John Harmon
One-Armed Reporter (uncredited)
Pat Hartigan
Irishman (uncredited)
Beth Hartman
Belle (uncredited)
Edward Hearn
Sergeant (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian
Irishman at Bar (uncredited)
Russell Hicks
Sergeant (uncredited)
Leon Holmes
Vendor (uncredited)
Robert Homans
Man (uncredited)
Mitchell Ingraham
Official (uncredited)
T.C. Jack
Irishman (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson
Jerome (uncredited)
Si Jenks
Old Prospector (uncredited)
Noble Johnson
Native American Shooting Piano (uncredited)
Jack W. Johnston
Man (uncredited)
Edward Keane
Man (uncredited)
Jane Keckley
Official's Wife (uncredited)
Jim Kelso
Railwayman (uncredited)
Jack Kennedy
Man (uncredited)
Bob Kortman
Gentleman at Golden Spike Ceremony (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen
Indian (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw
Irishman (uncredited)
Florence Lake
Woman (uncredited)
Bobby LaSalle
Fanny (uncredited)
Alexander Leftwich
Official (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint
Fr. Ryan (uncredited)
Elmo Lincoln
Card Player (uncredited)
Walter Long
Irishman (uncredited)
Viola Louie
Lil (uncredited)
Evelyn Luckey
Lulu (uncredited)
Hugh MacDonald
Gambler (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack
Jake (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren
Official's Wife (uncredited)
George Magrill
Surveyor (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney
Irishman (uncredited)
Mala
Indian Finding Cigar Store Indian (uncredited)
John Marston
Durant (uncredited)
Ida May
Goldie (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy
Railwayman (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel
St. Louis Waiter (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy
Irishman (uncredited)
James McNamara
Mr. Mills (uncredited)
John Merton
Laborer (uncredited)
Ray Miller
Laborer (uncredited)
Frank Mills
Irishman (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity
Mike (uncredited)
Adrian Morris
Railwayman (uncredited)
Horace Murphy
Irishman (uncredited)
Jack Murphy
Terry (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux
Card Player (uncredited)
David Newell
Reporter (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva
Canadian Pacific Conductor (uncredited)
Emory Parnell
Foreman (uncredited)
Doreen Pastor
Ruby (uncredited)
William Pawley
Dinty
Edward Peil Sr.
Laborer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick
Harmonicist (uncredited)
Albert Petit
Watercolorist (uncredited)
James Pierce
Card Player (uncredited)
Russ Powell
Vendor (uncredited)
John Power
Irishman (uncredited)
Hal Price
Surveyor (uncredited)
Frances Rather
Official's Daughter (uncredited)
George Regas
Indian Hearing Mollie's Telegraphy (uncredited)
John J. Richardson
Official (uncredited)
Cyril Ring
Surveyor (uncredited)
Margaret Roach
Violet (uncredited)
Richard Robles
Indian Chief (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt
Fireman (uncredited)
Dick Rush
Irishman (uncredited)
Joe Sawyer
Shamus
Francis Sayles
Railwayman (uncredited)
Syd Saylor
Barker (uncredited)
Ed Schaefer
Irishman (uncredited)
Ynez Seabury
Shrimp (uncredited)
Frank Shannon
Old Man (uncredited)
Lew Short
Laborer (uncredited)
Michael Slade
Irishman (uncredited)
James P. Spencer
Indian (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley
Businessman at Financiers' Meeting (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson
Irishman (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
Man (uncredited)
Charles Stevens
Indian Shooting Mollie (uncredited)
Mark Strong
Connors (uncredited)
John M. Sullivan
Man (uncredited)
Albert Taylor
Irishman (uncredited)
Nick Thompson
Indian (uncredited)
Chief Thundercloud
Indian (uncredited)
David Thursby
Irishman (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell
Secretary (uncredited)
Tony Urchel
Indian (uncredited)
Guy Usher
Leland Stanford
Morgan Wallace
Sen. Smith (uncredited)
Calla Waltz
Maggie (uncredited)
Ruth Warren
Mrs. Cassidy (uncredited)
Stanhope Wheatcroft
Secretary (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford
Irishman on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Greg Whitespear
Indian (uncredited)
William Worthington
Oliver Ames (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli
Saloon Gambler (uncredited)
Duke York
Railwayman (uncredited)
Did you know?
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.
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For the Indian attack on the train, Paramount hired 100 Navajo Indian extras.
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Dick Allen (Robert Preston) asks, "Where does he keep his 'Rule G'?", meaning a bottle of whiskey. This is a reference to Rule G: "The use of intoxicants or narcotics is prohibited", one of twelve 12 rules in standard code adopted by the Association of American Railroads.
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Goofs
After the train wreck, and during all the scenes that immediately follow, Barbara Stanwyck suddenly appears with a very stylish 1939 bobbed hairstyle which we had not seen before, and which, of course, is completely inappropriate to the time period during which the story is taking place.
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The chase sequence after the train robbery is shown in mountainous terrain. The robbery supposedly takes place between Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs Wyoming (from geographic references to the train's location in the telegrapher's office). There are no mountains in this area.
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The golden spike ceremony shown in the movie is not true. The golden spike was lowered into an auger hole not driven. Gold is a soft metal and striking it as they did in the movie would have severely damaged it. The original golden spike now at Stanford University shows no mallet marks on the head.
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Quotes
Mollie Monahan: Did you never know that flirting gets into a woman's blood like fighting gets into a man's? Now, a girl begins coquetting to discover if she has the power. Then she goes looking, like a fighter after a bully, for the hardest man to conquer. But 'tis never the man she wants, 'tis the pleasure of bringing him to her feet.
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Dick Allen: You're all aces, bucko. But you're in love with Mollie and don't you ever forget she's my wife.
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Monahan: That Jeff Butler doesn't have all his brains in his holster.
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Faq
Q
World Premiere Happened When & Where?
A
Chicago Daily News, Thursday, Ajpril 27, 1939, p.23, c. 4:"Union Pacific" Has premiere at Omaha TomorrowAn extravagant world premiere will be that of Cecil B. De Mille's "Union Pacific" at Omaha tomorrow night.From Hollywood, the Paramount Studio is sending Mr. De Mille along with Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Preston, who have the leads in the picture, and such supporting players as Akim Tamiroff, Sheila Darcy and Lynne Overman.This company, with its attendant entourage, is traveling on a special train that symbolizes 75 years of transportation.____________________________Chicago Daily News, Monday, April 24, 1939:HOLLYWOOD TODAYBarbara's Jaunt Costlyby Sheila GrahamHollywood, April 24--Barbara Stanbwyck's jaunt to Nebraska for the premiere of Cecil B. De Mille's "Union Pacific" will cost Paramount all of $8,000. Barbara is currently making "Golden Boy" for Columbia. The latter studio said "nothing doing" when Paramount wanted them to stop shooting so that the "Union Pacific" star could make the trip with the other members of the company.. A little pressure was brouight to bear from the theater exhibitors in Nebraska--in the shape of a boycott of the Columbia product--unlessBarvbara was given leave of absence. This, added to Paramount's promise to pay the entire cost of the "Golden Boy" stoppage, resulted in an "okay" from Columbia.Barbara will travel on a fast train with Joel McCrea, Betty Grable and Judith Barrett. The rest of the cavalcade--De Mille, George Raft, Robert Preston and many other top stars--will make the journey on the train featured in the picture, which has a top speed of 28 miles an hour. Paramount is still trying to persuade Barbara to crown the publicity event by marrying Robert Taylor at the height of the premiere's festivities.__________________________________
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Photos from cast
Barbara Stanwyck Brian Donlevy