Union Depot (1932)

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



  • Union Depot (1932)
  • Joan Blondell in Union Depot (1932)
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Guy Kibbee in Union Depot (1932)
  • Joan Blondell and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in Union Depot (1932)
  • Joan Blondell and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in Union Depot (1932)
  • Joan Blondell and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in Union Depot (1932)

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28 September 2007 | jpickerel
| sex, drama, sleaze and grit
Here is a film set entirely in or very near a 1930's train station. Thousands of people moving in and through, each with a story. You would have to be as old as I am to understand that train depots, especially in big cities, were nearly as big and even busier than the airports of today. The film has a dark and harsh quality, which in many ways, is typical of the period. Here is an out of work chorus girl (Joan Blondell) desperate to get $54.00 for a ticket to Salt Lake City, almost willing to prostitute herself to get it; here is a pair of hobos (Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Guy Kibbee) willing to steal clothes and finding money therein. They run afoul of a counterfeiter, a sexual sadist and the law, and through a series of highly unlikely coincidences manage to keep the plot hopping. This film has some superb camera work, great editing, and some wonderfully underplayed acting, especially by Joan Blondell. It's no wonder she was such a workhorse for Warner's. She could pretty much do it all. It's well worth the hour or so spent watching.

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