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San Quentin (1937)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir  |  7 August 1937 (USA)
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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
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Lt. Druggin
Joe Sawyer ...
'Sailor Boy' Hansen (as Joseph Sawyer)
Veda Ann Borg ...
Helen
Archie Robbins ...
Mickey Callahan (as James Robbins)
Joe King ...
Warden Taylor (as Joseph King)
Gordon Oliver ...
Captain
Garry Owen ...
Dopey
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Venetti
Emmett Vogan ...
Lieutenant
William Pawley ...
Convict
Al Hill ...
Convict
Max Wagner ...
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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Release Date:

7 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La révolte  »

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Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Humphrey Bogart plays Ann Sheridan's kid brother in this film, even though in real life he was actually older than her by eleven years. See more »

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Before going onto the yard, Bogart's hair is dark. When on the yard, suddenly he becomes a blonde. See more »

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A Flat Film That Mostly Disappoints
15 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those odd situations where the actors were some big names and decent in their performances, and the story wasn't bad....yet there wasn't much appeal to it, either. Only the action scene in the last 10-15 minutes provided any spark to this film which was too flat, for the most part.

The story was about a new guy in charge of the San Quentin prison yard who was going to be humane and make things work. Pat O'Brien plays that guy, "Capt. Steve Jameson." The previous man in charge is a nasty, corrupt bird named "Lt. Druggin," who Barton MacLane plays effectively well.

In the meantime we have the featured crook, "Red Kennedy," played by Humphrey Bogart, who almost always played villains in his 1930 films, and we have his sister "May" played by Ann Sheridan. O'Brien has the hots for her and promises to be fair to her brother. "Red," however, is too paranoid and stupid to appreciate what's done for him and that's when we get to the interesting finale to the film.

Overall, not bad but not worth watching a second time. At 70 minutes, at least it didn't overstay its welcome.


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