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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

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Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Biography: Humphrey Bogart (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(uncredited)
Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Lyrics by John W. Kellette
Sung by Eddie Gribbon a cappella
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Standard tough prison melodrama, competently done…

In "San Quentin," Bogart returns quickly to a life of crime… Trying without success to add some depth and meaning to a role which offered little of either, Bogart is a convicted robber sent to San Quentin and assigned to a road gang as a rehabilitated step instituted by the prison yard captain, Pat O'Brien…

When Bogart is maliciously informed, through the efforts of the bad Barton MacLane, that O'Brien has less than honorable intentions toward his sister, Ann Sheridan, he breaks out and shoots O'Brien, though not seriously…

When he finds that he has made a mistake, he decides to give himself up, but…

"San Quentin," though far from one of Bogart's best roles, is almost always included in his film retrospectives as a favorite choice of his fans…


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