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Union Pacific (1939) was a Drama - Western Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, William LeBaron and William H. Pine.


American history according to DeMille; here he adds rich detail to the story of the first transcontinental railroad. McCrea plays the construction foreman who wards off rival Preston's attempts to slow progress through theft and vice. Preston's also his rival for Union Pacific postmistress Stanwyck who, in one Indian attack, proves she can sling lead as well as the boys. Based on the book by Ernest Haycox.

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FAVOURITE MOVIES: Union Pacific (1939)

on Aug 19, 2019 From Caftan Woman

Film fans and historians often point to the 1939 movie season for its release of genuine, timeless classics. A roll call of movie titles is all that is needed to back up the claim. The western, a popular genre since movie's beginnings due to its easily available outdoor locations and popular stories... Read full article

Screening of “Union Pacific” at Daystar Center May 12

By Stephen Reginald on Apr 5, 2017 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of “Union Pacific” at Daystar Center May 12 “Stanwyck on State Street” Series: Union Pacific Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street When: May 12, 2017 Time: 6:45 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald Union Pacific (1939) is a rousing epic about the construction... Read full article

Remembering Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon: UNION PACIFIC

By Dan Day Jr. on Jan 19, 2016 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Barbara Stanwyck is one of my favorite movie stars of all time. I happen to believe that the lady was the greatest all-around actress in cinema history. The film which is the subject of this blogathon post, UNION PACIFIC, more than proves my point. UNION PACIFIC is a "Super Western" produced & ... Read full article

Union Pacific (1939)

By Beatrice on Feb 4, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Union Pacific Directed by Cecil B. DeMille Written by Walter de Leon, C. Gardner Sullivan, Jesse Lasky et al 1939/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental As the Civil War draws to a close, Congress approves a transcontinental railroad. ?A corrupt banker decides to bet against the Union... Read full article

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Fiesta: I look around and pretty soon I marry my wife in Santa Fe. Ah, the best woodchopper in the country. You bet you my life, the best. But one day she gets bite by a rattlesnake.
Mollie Monahan: She did? Did the doctor get there in time?
Fiesta: No, she's already dead.
Mollie Monahan: Your wife?
Fiesta: My wife? No, no, the snake.

Monahan: That Jeff Butler doesn't have all his brains in his holster.

Monahan: There's nothing like hearing an engine whistle in the still night.

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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.
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.
According to a news item in the Hollywood Reporter, Cecil B. DeMille directed much of the film from a stretcher, because of an operation he had months earlier. However, studio records indicate DeMille collapsed from the strain of directing three units simultaneously, and used a stretcher for about two weeks.
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