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Union Pacific [VHS]
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Barbara Stanwyck plays a guileful innocent, a warm-hearted dame better than both her suitors in her generous and wise understanding of human nature. Joel McCrea plays a super-stolid hero whose better part is realized by his attraction for Stanwyck's character; and Robert Preston is a flim-flam man, a gambler and crook whose love for Stanwyck's "Molly Monahan" redeems his otherwise unrepentent self.
De Mille plays this beguiling troika against the "canvas of history" and so personalizes the abstraction of history. John Ford's "Stagecoach," also released the same year, 1939, is more accomplished and its story more subtle, but not so much more. De Mille obviously enjoys his broad canvases, and his "history" tends to pompous pronouncement at times, but all history is biography for him, which means that -- just as with Ford -- the individual stories are what is important.
You'll like this movie: you'll love "Missy" Stanwyck, McCrea and Preston -- you'll even forgive its somewhat more than occasional moments of silliness.
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This is a western based on the development of the Union Pacific Railroad. Its bigger and better than most westerns, though, because it’s a DeMille picture. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan L. Miller
Another of Zane Grey's epic novels destroyed by Hollywood!. Little or nothing remains of the story except for the title. Fans of Zane Grey avoid this at all costs.Published 3 months ago by Courdlion
"Union Pacific" (1939) remains among the best Cecil B. DeMille epics — a Western spectacle that pulls out all the stops. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
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