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Union Depot (1932)

Travelers of different and varied backgrounds meet and interact on one night in a metropolitan train station and its environs.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Joe Laurie Jr. (based on play by) (as Laurie), Gene Fowler (based on play by) (as Fowler) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Chick Miller
Joan Blondell ... Ruth Collins
Guy Kibbee ... Scrap Iron Scratch
Alan Hale ... The Baron - aka Bushy Sloan
David Landau ... Kendall
George Rosener ... Dr. Bernardi
Earle Foxe ... Jim Parker
Frank McHugh ... The Drunk
Adrienne Dore ... Sadie
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Storyline

Among the travelers of varied backgrounds that meet and interact on one night at Union Depot, a metropolitan train station, are Chick and his friend Scrap Iron, both newly released from prison after serving time for vagrancy. Hungry and desperate for a break, Chick fortuitously comes across across a valise abandoned by a drunken traveler. In it he finds a shaving kit and a suit of clothes with a bankroll, which help transform the affable tramp into a dashing gent. After buying himself a meal, Chick seeks some female companionship among the many hustlers who walk the station. He propositions Ruth Collins, a stranded, out-of-work showgirl and takes her to the station's hotel. However, he quickly realizes she's not a streetwalker but another hard luck victim of the Depression. Touched by the Ruth's sincerity, he vows to help her buy a ticket to Salt Lake City, where a job awaits her. Scrap Iron is lucky too, stumbling across a wallet with a claim check discarded by a pickpocket. When ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1932 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Caballero por un día See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the play by Joe Laurie Jr., Gene Fowler and Douglas Durkin was unpublished, it was copyrighted on 3 December 1929. See more »

Quotes

Charles 'Chick' Miller: [to Ruth] Now, let's have a good look at you, Ruthie.
[Taking off her hat and obviously finding her attractive]
Charles 'Chick' Miller: Well, well, the gentleman said. The more you see the more you wanna see.
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Soundtracks

I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Second tune played on the jukebox
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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joan Blondell=Gem
25 September 2010 | by miss_meliSee all my reviews

This film may not be as pretty as Grand Hotel but its on-par entertainment with that film. What drew me to this film was its Pre-Code status and Joan Blondell. Those things were definitely worth watching but let me put it this way, I came for Joan but stayed for Douglas. He carries this film and carries it well and I love his pairing with Guy Kibbee. I recognized Guy from the films Gold Diggers and I believe 42nd Street-some other pre-code gems. He's playing a very different character here than in those films and plays it well. I recently took a chance and purchased this on warner archive.com and I'm glad I checked out these helpful reviews. I decided to add my own review as every little bit helps and I while I love most old films they all aren't worth the time but this one is. The ending is especially real and I can't help but wonder if it in some small way inspired the ending for Casablanca. Watch it so you'll know what I mean. 9 out of 10!


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