Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon – Union Pacific (1939)

This is the final of 4 reviews that are part of the Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon being held yesterday and today over at In the Good Old Days of Hollywood.

Thanks to Crystal for letting me take part

union pacific“Now you boys has got your options of getting out in 30 seconds or being buried in 30 minutes. ” – Leach

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis – As two competing railroads try to be the first to cross the ever expanding Western US, a love triangle spouts amongst two former friends when the vie for the heart of the main engineers daughter.

My Take on it – Of the 4 movies, that I watched for this blogathon, this was my favorite.

I have always been a fan of Cecil B. DeMille’s works and this one is done in epic style just as it should be made.

I really like dthe way that the love triangle aspect of this film was built up slowly alongside the building of the railroad along the way.

The three lead actors are all superb; Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Preston all knew how to make us care about their characters.

For me, it was very nostalgic to hear Preston’s distinctive voice connected to a young body.

Some great fight scenes but my favorite is the one in the “camp”.

This film won the Palme d’Or in 1939 at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bottom Line – Best of the movies I watched for this blogathon. Liked the way the love triangle was built up throughout the film.  Great performances by all 3 of the leads and it was great hearing Preston’s distinctive voice despite looking so young.  Story is told in typical epic DeMille style and works well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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