Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street
When: May 12, 2017
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Hosted by Stephen Reginald
Union Pacific (1939) is a rousing epic about the construction of the first intercontinental railroad. Directed by the master showman, Cecil B. DeMille, the movie is filled with plenty of action.
Jeff Butler (Joel McCrea) is hired by the Union Pacific to root out saboteurs who’ve been trying to destroy the railroad’s progress. Barbara Stanwyck plays Mollie Monahan, the railroad’s feisty postmistress who is courted by Dick Allen (Robert Preston). Dick is working with the corrupt Sid Campeau (Brian Donlevy) who is bent on destroying the railroad and eliminating Butler’s railroad oversight. Although Mollie is betrothed to Dick, Jeff finds himself falling in love with her.
Every movie star needs to make a big-budget blockbuster epic at some point in their career and Union Pacific more than fills the bill for Stanwyck and McCrea. The large cast includes an early glimpse of Anthony Quinn as Jack Cordray, a henchman of Campeau.
This film is part of the “Stanwyck on State Street” series.
|Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Preston|
Stephen Reginald is a freelance writer and editor. He has worked at various positions within the publishing industry for over 25 years. Most recently he was executive editor for McGraw-Hill’s The Learning Group Division. A long-time amateur student of film, Reginald hosts “Chicago Film Club,” a monthly movie event held in the South Loop, for the past two years. Reginald has also taught several adult education film classes at Facets Film School, Chicago.