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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

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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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 »

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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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Featured in Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988) 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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San Quentin: Good Prison Yarn ***
18 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien star in this 1937 film detailing prison life.

A man and army official with a heart, O'Brien is sent to this prison to help reform it from a vicious guard played in his usual sinister way by Barton MacLane.

O'Brien falls for lounge singer Sheridan. Coincidentally, her brother is sent to the jail for armed robbery. Tough guy Bogart is reformed by O'Brien until a misunderstanding leads Bogie to believe that he is being treated well since O'Brien is stuck on his sister.

Jealous and angry of O'Brien being brought in over him, MacLane "arranges" a breakout of Bogart and another inmate with tragic results for all resulting.

This picture details when a criminal tries to go straight but other things just get in the way.

Marc Lawrence, who died recently in his 90s, is also excellent as one of the inmates.

The film also shows emotionally disturbed people being in the same prison as hardened criminals.

Note Veda Ann Borg in a small but captivating role.


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