Union Pacific (1939)
Union Pacific Railroad token advertises Cecil B. DeMille Western
The 1939 Paramount Pictures film "Union Pacific" is an epic Western film about the building of the
Union Pacific railroad across the United States in the late 1860's as half of the transcontinental railroad
which was authorizatized in 1862 by the US Congress and President Abraham Lincoln.
being built from San Francisco, California.
of railroad stock. The financier hires two men, Sid Campeau and Dick Allen to run gambling casinos
and saloons to distract the mostly Irish railroad workers.
Jeff and Dick were soldiers in the Union Army together but now they are on opposite sides.
Both are competing for Mollie Monahan who manages the railroad mail and telegraph office.
Union Pacific Railroad.
32mm aluminum tokens to advertise the trains and one to advertise the film.
The token issued by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA).
2. Union Pacific Railroad 1939 Motion Picture "Union Pacific" Token
Aluminum, 32mm, 3.45gm
CECIL B. DE MILLE'S / MOTION PICTURE "UNION PACIFIC"
Shield and two railroad engines
ROAD OF THE Streamliners AND THE Challengers / UNION PACIFIC
UNION PACIFIC - THE OVERLAND ROUTE
ALUMINUM IN THESE FAMOUS TRAINS FURNISHED BY / ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMERICA
The film begins with an introductory screen with a short explanation:
The legend of Union Pacific is the drama of a nation, young, tough, prodigal and invincible,
conquering with an iron highroad the endless reaches of the West.
For the West is America's Empire, and only yesterday Union Pacific was the West.
Jeff Butler, Mollie Monahan, and Dick Allen meet on the train.
Jeff and Dick fought together during the Civil War on the Union side.
Dick and Mollie also know each other, Dick has been pestering Mollie to marry him, but she refuses
as long as he is a gambler and interested in money.
3. Jeff, Mollie, and Dick
Cheyenne, Wyoming - A railroad town where Sid and Dick have set up their travelling casino.
Cordray, a professional gambler, is trying to cheat an Irish worker.
5. Cordray deals
Some silver dollar size prop coins are stacked on the table.
Jeff then shoots Cordray who falls under the table.
6. Cordray's goods on the table
FOR THREE VALIANT YEARS...
Indians redden the rails with the blood of tracklayers.
But the ROAD pushes on!
Spawning, in its wake, roaring, lawless towns -
and fighting the hidden hand that tries to stop it's progress.
7. Working on the railroad
Sid's men, including Dick, rob the mail coach.
8. Train robbery
Dick hides the money bag in Mollie's office and then Jeff arrives.
To prevent a gunfight, Mollie agrees to marry Dick if he returns the money.
9. Dick hands back the cash
Dick and Mollie hold a quick wedding but the railroad work goes on.
10. Railroad rolling
A buffalo skull lies in the foreground.
11. Indians attack the train
The Indians wreck the train and begin looting the baggage cars.
12. An Indian meets his match
Unknown to the Indians, Jeff, Mollie, and Dick are in one of the cars.
Mollie is able to send a telegraph signal to a railroad military detachment for help.
The soldiers arrive and chase off the Indians.
13. Soldiers arrive
A mob of railroad workers, fed up with the casino activities, storm the place and destroy it.
and some money to leave the area. Dick promises not to romance Mollie, now a married woman.
meet at Promontory point, Utah for a ceremony joining the rail lines.
14. The meeting of the railways
Jeff, Mollie, and Dick are at the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Jeff follows Dick into a nearby town where Sid is waiting and gunfight ensues.
15. Dick and Sid meet their fate
Jeff returns to Mollie to inform her that her husband has died.
16. Modern day Union Pacific Streamliner train
Barbara Stanwyck as Mollie Monahan
Joel McCrea as Jeff Butler
Robert Preston as Dick Allen
Brian Donlevy as Sid Campeau
Anthony Quinn as Cordray
Writers: Walter DeLeon, C. Gardner Sullivan, Jesse Lasky Jr., Jack Cunningham, Ernest Haycox (story)