Barbara Stanwyck shines in this Cecil B DeMille film, about the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad.
Dir Cecil B DeMille
With Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Robert Preston
Characteristically, De Mille brought an epic sense of scale to the western with this story of the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Mixed in with all the historical elements is a love triangle between a troubleshooter (McCrea), a gambler (Preston), and a train engineer’s daughter (Stanwyck). The director was mesmerised by Stanwyck’s performance, and she became one of his favourite stars.