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San Quentin (1937)

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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 overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Stephen Jameson
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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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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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7 August 1937 (USA)  »

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$365,000 (estimated)
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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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During a tracking shot in the machine shop, the shadow of the camera can be seen against the side of one of the machines as it moves See more »

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

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How Could You?
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Ann Sheridan
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Weak Prison Drama
25 January 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

They've got a new captain of the guards coming to San Quentin in Pat O'Brien. Barton MacLane who held the job previously is demoted and is in a foul mood.

A couple of new prisoners are arriving as well. Joe Sawyer as a hardened criminal and Humphrey Bogart who O'Brien believes is salvageable. O'Brien also meets up with Bogey's sister, Ann Sheridan and they get to kanoodling.

Each for their own motives, Sawyer and MacLane play Iago to Bogey's inner Othello and Bogey and Sawyer crash out of San Quentin.

Back in the day Warner Brothers was the great working class studio, with many a film of social significance. San Quentin is one of these, but it's hardly the best one. I'm at a loss to see why O'Brien thinks Bogart is so salvageable other than his involvement with his sister.

Joe Sawyer has one of his best film parts in San Quentin. He's a hardened criminal and that's all there is to it. He played a similar role vis a vis Bogart in Black Legion which is a much better film.

Also Garry Owen has a nice turn as a stir crazy convict who O'Brien has to face down and disarm.

Dedicated fans of Humphrey Bogart will like this film, others can take it or leave it.


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