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Cecil B. DeMille takes us back to the 1860s, then rebuilds the first intercontinental railroad in Union Pacific. The real-life spectacle is occasionally interrupted by the fictional adventures of railroad overseer Joel McCrea, postmistress Barbara Stanwyck (with an incredible Irish brogue), and McCrea's best pal Robert Preston. Unfortunately Preston has fallen in with Brian Donlevy, who is dedicated to destroying the Union Pacific railroad on behalf of a crooked political cartel. During an Indian attack, McCrea and Preston fight side by side to save Stanwyck, prompting Preston to turn honest. On the day in 1869 that the "Golden Spike" is to be driven at Promontory Point, Preston is killed saving McCrea from Donlevy's bullets. Union Pacific owes a great deal to John Ford's 1924 film on the same subject, The Iron Horse, even restaging one or two major action sequences from the earlier film. This DeMille spectacular was a big hit with audiences of 1939, who craved a booster shot of flag-waving now and again. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Farciot Edouart Best Special Effects 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gordon Jennings Best Special Effects 1939 Nominee

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Mollie Monohan
Joel McCrea
as Jeff Butler
Akim Tamiroff
as Fiesta
Robert Preston
as Dick Allen
Lynne Overman
as Leach Overmile
Brian Donlevy
as Sid Campeau
Anthony Quinn
as Jack Cordray
Evelyn Keyes
as Mrs. Calvin
Stanley Ridges
as Gen. Casement
Regis Toomey
as Paddy O'Rourke
Sid Saylor
as Barker
J.M. Kerrigan
as Monahan
William Haade
as Dusky Clayton
Harry Woods
as Al Brett
Fuzzy Knight
as Cookie
Henry Kolker
as Asa M. Barrows
Richard Lane
as Sam Reed
Noble Johnson
as Indian
Joe Sawyer
as Shamus
May Beatty
as Mrs. Hogan
Nora Cecil
as Woman
Julia Faye
as Mame
Ruth Warren
as Mrs. Cassidy
Richard Alexander
Max Davidson
Robert E. Homans
Si Jenks
Jane Keckley
Florence Lake
Edward J. Le Saint
Walter Long
as Irishman
Wilbur Mack
Sam McDaniel
John Merton
as Laborer
Pat Moriarity
Louis Natheaux
Emory Parnell
James Pierce
as Card Player
Jack Richardson
Buddy Roosevelt
as Fireman
Frank Shannon
Frank Yaconelli
as Accordion Player
Francis McDonald
as Gen. Grenville M. Dodge
Willard Robertson
as Oakes Ames
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Dollarhide
Joseph Crehan
as Gen. U.S. Grant
Selmar Jackson
as Jerome
Russell Hicks
as Sergeant
Davison Clark
as Doctor
Jack Pennick
as Harmonica Player
Lane Chandler
as Conductor
James Flavin
as Paddy
Monte Blue
as Indian
Nestor Paiva
as C.P. Conductor
David Newell
as Reporter
Richard Denning
as Reporter
Chief Thundercloud
as Indian
George Regas
Iron Eyes Cody
as Indian
Stanley Andrews
as Dr. Harkness
Paul Everton
as Rev. Dr. Tadd
Byron Foulger
as Andrew Whipple
William Pawley
as Dinty
Charles Stevens
Guy Usher
as Leland Stanford
Morgan Wallace
as Sen. Smith
William Worthington
as Oliver Ames
Ernie S. Adams
as Gen. Sheridan
Joseph Crehan
as Gen. U.S. Grant
John Merton
as Laborer
Russell Hicks
as Sergeant
Monte Blue
as Indian
Guy Usher
as Leland Stanford
Paul Everton
as Rev. Dr. Tadd
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Dollarhide
Selmar Jackson
as Jerome
William Pawley
as Dinty
Willard Robertson
as Oakes Ames
Walter Long
as Irishman
Buddy Roosevelt
as Fireman
Nestor Paiva
as C.P. Conductor
David Newell
as Reporter
William Worthington
as Oliver Ames
Davison Clark
as Doctor
Morgan Wallace
as Sen. Smith
Frank Yaconelli
as Accordion Player
Byron Foulger
as Andrew Whipple
James Pierce
as Card Player
Richard Denning
as Reporter
James Flavin
as Paddy
Jack Pennick
as Harmonica Player
Lane Chandler
as Conductor
Iron Eyes Cody
as Indian
Stanley Andrews
as Dr. Harkness
Chief Thundercloud
as Indian
Francis McDonald
as Gen. Grenville M. Dodge

Crew

Cecil B. DeMille
Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Producer
Walter de Leon
Screenwriter
Jesse Lasky, Jr.
Screenwriter
C. Gardner Sullivan
Screenwriter
Dewey Wrigley
Cinematographer
Victor Milner
Cinematographer
Irvin Talbot
Musical Direction/Supervision
Sigmund Krumgold
Composer (Music Score)
Anne Bauchens
Editor
Roland Anderson
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
William Pine
Associate Producer
William Le Baron
Executive Producer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects
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