Through The Lens: Union Pacific

May 8, 2019

We’re marking the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad by showing Cecil B. DeMille’s epic Western Union Pacific. Film historian James D’Arc joins us to talk about the film and how the railroads united a divided country.

Here’s how we’re observing the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad: By showing a movie! Cecil B. DeMille’s 1939 epic Western Union Pacific is the only modern feature film to dramatize the building of the railroads and the driving of the golden spike. Most of it was shot here in Utah. The film historian James D’Arc says it’s one of DeMille’s very best films, and he made a lot of movies. D’Arc joins us to talk about the film and how the railroads united a divided country.

On Wednesday, May 15, RadioWest and the Utah Film Center are screening Cecil B. DeMille's film Union Pacific at 7 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. This is part of our Through the Lens series. James D'Arc will be there for a pre-film discussion about the making of the movie. DETAILS