Oscar Movies: Union Pacific (1939)


One of Cecil B. DeMilles best adventures, Union Pacific more or less covers the same historical period as John Fords “The Iron Horse,” though, as historian William Everson noted, it has a better script

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The film was Oscar-nominated for its Special Effects, by Farciot Edouart and Gordon Jennings, photographic; Lorn Ryder, sound. However, the winner in that category was “The Rain Came,” whose special effects were supervised by Fred Sersen and E. H. Hansen.

The other nominees in 1939, a strong year for special effects, were: “Gone With the Wind,” “Only Angels Have Wings,” “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex,” “Topper Takes a Trip,” and “The Wizard oif Oz.”