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Union Pacific (1939)




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In this film, Cecil B. DeMille takes us back to the 1860s, then rebuilds the first intercontinental railroad. The real-life spectacle is occasionally interrupted by the fictional adventures of railroad overseer Joel McCrea, postmistress Barbara Stanwyck, and McCrea's best pal Robert Preston.


Joel McCrea
as Capt. Jeff Butler
Robert Preston
as Dick Allen
Brian Donlevy
as Sid Campeau
Barbara Stanwyck
as Molly Monahan
Lynne Overman
as Leach Overmile
Anthony Quinn
as Jack Cordray
Stanley Ridges
as Gen. Casement
Henry Kolker
as Asa M. Barrows
Francis McDonald
as Gen. Grenville M. Dodge
Harold Goodwin
as E.E. Calvin
Evelyn Keyes
as Mrs. Calvin
Richard Lane
as Sam Reed
William Haade
as Dusky Clayton
Regis Toomey
as Paddy O'Rourke
Harry Woods
as Al Brett
Lon Chaney Jr
as Dollarhide
Joseph Crehan
as Gen. U.S. Grant
Joe Sawyer
as Shamus
Byron Foulger
as Andrew Whipple
Jack Pennick
as Harmonica Player
Richard Alexander
as Card Player
Ruth Warren
as Mrs. Cassidy
Max Davidson
as Card Player
Dutch Hendrian
as Card Player
Jim Pierce
as Card Player
Walter Long
as Irishman
Monte Blue
as Indian
John Merton
as Laborer
David Newell
as Reporter
Chief Thundercloud
as Indian Brave
Ray Mala
as Indian Brave
Iron Eyes Cody
as Indian Brave
Sonny Chorre
as Indian Brave
Greg Whitespear
as Indian Brave
Richard Robles
as Indian Brave
Tony Urchell
as Indian Brave
James Pierce
as Card Player
Earl Askam
as Bluett
John Marston
as Dr. Durant
Morgan Wallace
as Sen. Smith
Russell Hicks
as Sergeant
May Beatty
as Dr. Harknes
Stanley Andrews
as Dr. Harknes
Guy Usher
as Leland Stanford
Gus Glassmire
as Gov. Stafford
Creighton Chaney
as Dollarhide
Paul Everton
as Rev. Dr. Tadd
Frank Yaconelli
as Accordion Player
Elmo Lincoln
as Card Player
Syd Saylor
as Barker
Lane Chandler
as Conductor
Nestor Paiva
as C.P. Conductor
Mary MacLaren
as Official's Wife
Jane Keckley
as Official's Wife
Ida May
as Goldie
Nora Cecil
as Snoring Woman on Train
Noble Johnson
as Native American Shooting Piano
Si Jenks
as Old Prospector
Louis Natheaux
as Card Player
Wilbur Mack
as Jake - Bartender
Edward J. Le Saint
as Father Ryan
Sam McDaniel
as St. Louis Waiter
Ernie S. Adams
as Gen. Sheridan
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Critic Reviews for Union Pacific

All Critics (6)

Preston is in a comedy and delivers a hilarious performance. McCrea is in an action-drama and is excellent.

August 19, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's a bit graceless compared to other Westerns of the day, especially John Ford's Stagecoach (both were inspired by stories by Ernest Haycox), but it works in a kind of old-fashioned, broad-spirited way.

August 12, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This latest de Mille epic contains all the Excelsior qualities we expect in his work but it is never as funny as The Crusades and he has lost his touch with crowds, the stamp of a broad, popular genius who used to remind us a little of Frith.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Released in 1939 and boasting patriotic zeal, DeMille's empire-building epic is one of his most impressive pictures, with wonderful performances from Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea at their peak.

August 15, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It has the grand sweep of a DeMille film.

May 18, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Rip-snortin', old-fashioned Western, with understated McCrea and hammy Stanwyck a great team.

September 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Union Pacific


Typical overblown, overlong DeMille epic. Stanwyck is excellent as always although the 30's eyebrows are a bit distracting.

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