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San Quentin (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 7 August 1937 (USA)
An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joe 'Red' Kennedy
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May Kennedy aka May De Villiers
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Captain Druggin
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'Sailor Boy' Hansen (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Helen
Archie Robbins ...
Mickey Callahan (as James Robbins)
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Warden Taylor (as Joseph King)
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Lieutenant
Garry Owen ...
Dopey
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Venetti
Emmett Vogan ...
Captain
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Convict
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Convict
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Prison Runner
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Storyline

Ex-Army officer Jameson takes a job a prison guard at San Quentin. Joe, the brother of his new girlfriend May, is sentenced to the prison for robbery. When Jameson tries to separate lawbreakers from hardened criminals, badguy Hansen tries to stir up trouble by telling Joe about Jameson's interest in his sister. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

"IT'S EASIER TO FIGHT TEN PRISON RIOTS THAN TAME ONE DIZZY DAME!" (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Approved | See all certifications »
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7 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La révolte  »

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$365,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940 identifies Emmett Vogan as a Lieutenant and Gordon Oliver as a Captain. It's very apparent from their quite visible insignia in the scene in which they are both featured that the older Vogan is the Captain, and the younger Oliver is the Lieutenant. See more »

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Shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving up the row of men to the left during their lineup at the beginning of the film. See more »

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Edited into Dark Passage (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing for Sale
(uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played by the band at the nightclub
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depression era film about the conditions of society that breed violence
15 January 2003 | by (Lincoln,Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Film is a social commentary on the depression era focusing on the inmates of San Quentin. The guards of the prison and the inmates are trapped by the walls and bars of the prison, representing the futility and hopelessness of 1930's America. Even if the prisoners escape, jobs cannot be found. Humphrey Bogart stars as Red an inmate in San Quentin who realizes the futility too late.


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