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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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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
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Mickey Callahan (as James Robbins)
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Warden Taylor (as Joseph King)
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Lieutenant
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Dopey
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Venetti
Emmett Vogan ...
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William Pawley ...
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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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$365,000 (estimated)
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Two of the songs from the film, "How Could You" and "When My Dream Boat Comes Home" are featured in the Looney Tunes cartoon "Porky's Bad-time Story," also released by Warner Brothers in 1937. "When My Dream Boat Comes Home" and a third song from the film, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" can also be heard in other Looney Tunes cartoons such as "The Swooner Crooner" and "Rabbit Every Monday." 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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Edited into Dark Passage (1947) See more »

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Swing for Sale
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Music by Saul Chaplin
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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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