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Union Pacific

February 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Mark A. Vieira, co-author, "Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic."

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive from Cecil B. DeMille's personal 35mm nitrate print, with funding provided by The Cecil B. DeMille Foundation, and the cooperation of Universal Pictures.

Union Pacific  (1939)

With America building two railways destined to meet in the middle, corrupt banker Asa Barrows stands to gain an advantage if the Central Pacific Railway is finished first—and sets out to sabotage the Union Pacific Railway by any means.  The ensuing plot puts Barrow's troublemaker Dick Allen (Robert Preston) and Union Pacific troubleshooter Jeff Butler (Joel McCrea) at odds, as they also vie for the affection of train engineer's daughter Mollie Monahan (Barbara Stanwyck).

Paramount Pictures, Inc.  Director: Cecil B. DeMille.  Screenwriter: Walter DeLeon, C. Gardner Sullivan, Jesse Lasky, Jr.  Cinematographer: Victor Milner.  Editor: Anne Bauchens.  Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston, Anthony Quinn.  35mm, b/w, 135 min.