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Union Depot

1932 1h 15m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 64% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Hobos Charles "Chick" Miller (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and Scrap Iron Scratch (Guy Kibbee) arrive at the Union Depot train station and contemplate their next move. After finding a traveler's suit and wallet in the bathroom, Chick buys dinner for himself and a chorus girl, Ruth (Joan Blondell), who is on the run from the insane Dr. Bernardi (George Rosener). Meanwhile, Scrap Iron stumbles onto a violin case full of cash, unaware the currency is counterfeit. Read More Read Less

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Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Lively story telling and fun characters in this train station story. Dec 29, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member There is a lot to like about this 65 minute pre-Code film from 1932. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is charming as a hobo who finds some money and befriends a chorus girl (Joan Blondell) who needs money for a train ticket. Blondell is brilliant and the relationship that develops between the two of them is touching. Director Alfred E. Green tells a great story - introducing the area of a train station with scenes of sassiness and levity, and then using lots of fluid camera movement while keeping almost all of the action there. Peppered throughout the film are salacious little moments that keep it lively without going over-the-top, and little touches such as the railway employee melodiously yelling "All Aboard!". It's not a heavy drama or anything, but as criminals and the cops close in while trying to find counterfeit money, there are moments of tension. The chase through the train yard is excellent, and in one moment it actually appears as though a train bumps Alan Hale. The ending was a very nice touch and I loved it so much I bumped my rating up, but won't spoil it. Very entertaining. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review ashley h Union Depot is an excellent film. It is about travelers of different and varied backgrounds who meet and interact on one night in a metropolitan train station and its environs. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joan Blondell give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Alfred E. Green did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and romance. Union Depot is a must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member year s/b 1932 in this pre coder Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Hobos Charles "Chick" Miller (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and Scrap Iron Scratch (Guy Kibbee) arrive at the Union Depot train station and contemplate their next move. After finding a traveler's suit and wallet in the bathroom, Chick buys dinner for himself and a chorus girl, Ruth (Joan Blondell), who is on the run from the insane Dr. Bernardi (George Rosener). Meanwhile, Scrap Iron stumbles onto a violin case full of cash, unaware the currency is counterfeit.
Director
Alfred E. Green
Production Co
First National Pictures
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Dec 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 15m