Union Depot (1932)

65 mins | Comedy-drama | 30 January 1932

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

FD notes that Eulalie Jensen replaced Nella Walker. This was actor George MacFarlane's final film before his death in 1932. Modern sources add the following cast credits: William B. Davidson ( Traveler ), Otto Hoffman ( Station agent ), Ray Turner, John Larkin ( Porters ), Hooper Atchley ( Second station agent ), George Ernst and Harrison ... More Less

FD notes that Eulalie Jensen replaced Nella Walker. This was actor George MacFarlane's final film before his death in 1932. Modern sources add the following cast credits: William B. Davidson ( Traveler ), Otto Hoffman ( Station agent ), Ray Turner, John Larkin ( Porters ), Hooper Atchley ( Second station agent ), George Ernst and Harrison Greene. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
18 Oct 31
p. 4.
Film Daily
25 Oct 31
p. 4.
Film Daily
4 Nov 31
p. 7.
Film Daily
4 Jan 32
p. 1.
Film Daily
17 Jan 32
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 31
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 31
p. 11.
International Photographer
1 Apr 32
p. 20.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Dec 31
p. 31.
New York Times
15 Jan 32
p. 24.
Variety
19 Jan 32
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the unpublished play Union Depot by Joe Laurie, Jr., Gene Fowler and Douglas Durkin (copyrighted 3 Dec 1929).
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 January 1932
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 14 January 1932
Production Date:
began mid October 1931
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 January 1932
Copyright Number:
LP2751
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

People come and go at Union Depot. Two of them are hobo Chic and his buddy Scrap Iron Scratch. When Chic picks up a suitcase left behind by a traveler, he finds a perfectly fitting suit and a bankroll in the pocket. Not believing his luck, he buys himself a good meal. On the way out, he meets Ruth, a chorus girl who tells him she must be in Salt Lake City by tomorrow, but doesn't have the money for a ticket. He misunderstands her intentions, but when she tells him she is being chased by a madman, Dr. Bernardi, he decides to help her. Meanwhile, Scratch has found a claim check in a stolen wallet tossed out the window of the men's washroom. Because he is drunk and shabbily dressed, he asks Chic to redeem the check, which is for a violin case. Looking inside the case while waiting at a pawnshop, Chic finds that the case is filled with money. After meeting Ruth again inside the station, he gives her some money for a new dress and goes off to buy her a drawing room ticket so that she can go to Salt Lake City in style. Lurking in the shadows, Dr. Bernardi overhears their plans and sends Ruth a message in Chic's name, asking her to meet him on the train. After Ruth pays for the dress and leaves, Chic comes into the shop looking for her. When he reveals that he had sent Ruth no message, then dashes off, the now suspicious shopkeeper takes a close look at the bills Ruth used to pay ... +


People come and go at Union Depot. Two of them are hobo Chic and his buddy Scrap Iron Scratch. When Chic picks up a suitcase left behind by a traveler, he finds a perfectly fitting suit and a bankroll in the pocket. Not believing his luck, he buys himself a good meal. On the way out, he meets Ruth, a chorus girl who tells him she must be in Salt Lake City by tomorrow, but doesn't have the money for a ticket. He misunderstands her intentions, but when she tells him she is being chased by a madman, Dr. Bernardi, he decides to help her. Meanwhile, Scratch has found a claim check in a stolen wallet tossed out the window of the men's washroom. Because he is drunk and shabbily dressed, he asks Chic to redeem the check, which is for a violin case. Looking inside the case while waiting at a pawnshop, Chic finds that the case is filled with money. After meeting Ruth again inside the station, he gives her some money for a new dress and goes off to buy her a drawing room ticket so that she can go to Salt Lake City in style. Lurking in the shadows, Dr. Bernardi overhears their plans and sends Ruth a message in Chic's name, asking her to meet him on the train. After Ruth pays for the dress and leaves, Chic comes into the shop looking for her. When he reveals that he had sent Ruth no message, then dashes off, the now suspicious shopkeeper takes a close look at the bills Ruth used to pay for her dress. Worried that the money is counterfeit, she then goes to the station master. Meanwhile, on the train, Chic hears Ruth's screams from the train and rescues her from the clutches of Dr. Bernardi, who jumps out the train window to his death. Just then the police arrive to arrest Chic for passing counterfeit money. The real counterfeiter, Bushy Sloan, overhears the arrest. He follows Chic and the police to the shack where the case is hidden, shoots a federal agent and grabs the case. The police believe Chic is guilty, but as Chic is being escorted to a paddy wagon, Scratch, who is inside the paddy wagon, shows the police that he hid the money in a bag of coal. The police then arrest Sloan, and after the federal agent recovers sufficiently from his wounds to describe Sloan as his assailant, Chic and Ruth are free. After Chic puts Ruth on the train, they vow never to forget each other, and Chic and Scratch go off together. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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