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Director:
Writers:
Peter Milne (screenplay) and
Humphrey Cobb (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 August 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Out Of The "Pen" . . . Into The Jaws Of Death ! . . . See more »
Plot:
An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
San Quentin, you've been living hell to me See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pat O'Brien ... Capt. Stephen Jameson

Humphrey Bogart ... Joe 'Red' Kennedy

Ann Sheridan ... May

Barton MacLane ... 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

Marc Lawrence ... Venetti
Emmett Vogan ... Lieutenant
William Pawley ... Convict
Al Hill ... Convict
Max Wagner ... Prison Runner
George Lloyd ... Convict
Ernie Adams ... Fink
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Byrd ... Cop on Phone (scenes deleted)
Lane Chandler ... Guard (scenes deleted)
Jim Farley ... Sheriff (scenes deleted)
Kenneth Harlan ... Foreman (scenes deleted)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Guard on Road Gang (scenes deleted)
Cliff Saum ... Guard (scenes deleted)
Jimmy Aye ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
George Beranger ... Lorenz Review Headwaiter (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Hastings (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Guard (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Reporter (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissel ... Convict (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Guard in Visiting Room (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Lorenz Review Waiter (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... Guard (uncredited)
Alexander Cross ... Guard (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gennaro Curci ... Nightclub Proprietor (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Convict (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Head Cell Block Guard (uncredited)
Lalo Encinas ... Convict (uncredited)
Frank Fanning ... Cop (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Convict Envying Hoffman (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Cop Clearing May (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Guard Announcing Jailbreak (uncredited)
Jerry Fletcher ... Hoffman (uncredited)
Ray Flynn ... Cop (uncredited)
Allen Fox ... Convict (uncredited)
Charles K. French ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Young Gardner (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... 'Captain' Road Gang Guard (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Clerk (uncredited)
Eddie Gribbon ... Singing Convict 51310 (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ... 2nd Prison Board Member (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Guard Holding Kennedy (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Pop (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Wall Guard Dropping Rifle (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... 1st Guard (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Truck Driver Picking Up Red (uncredited)
John Ince ... Old Convict (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... 2nd Detective (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Convict (uncredited)
Leonard Lord ... Dorgan (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Office Guard (uncredited)
Herman Marks ... Dorgan (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Young Convict (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Cop at Nightclub (uncredited)
Frank Meredith ... Yard Guard (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Guard (uncredited)
Dennis Moore ... Simpson (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Man in Car (uncredited)
Hal Neiman ... Convict 38216 (uncredited)
John Northpole ... Convict (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... 1st Prison Board Member (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Bunkhouse Road Gang Guard (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Young Convict (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... Hank (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Convict in Bunkhouse (uncredited)
Ted Osborne ... Police Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Casey (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Guard in Jameson's Office (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Convict (uncredited)
Claude Payton ... Cop (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Deputy Guard (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Hank (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Convict in Prison Yard (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... 1st Detective (uncredited)
Lee Prather ... Cop (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Convict Knowing How to Make Bed (uncredited)
Sally Sage ... (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Machine Shop Guard (uncredited)
Harry Stafford ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Michael Stark ... Cop at Nightclub (uncredited)
Doc Stone ... Convict (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... Convict (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Guard (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Convict (uncredited)
Jim Thorpe ... Convict (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Convict (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Trusty (uncredited)
Claire White ... Woman in Car (uncredited)

Robert J. Wilke ... Young Convict in Yard (uncredited)
Douglas Williams ... Convict (uncredited)
William A. Williams ... Bill Conklin (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Marching Convict (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Convict in Fight (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Prison Board Chairman (uncredited)
Ernest Wood ... Fink's Attorney (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
 
Writing credits
Peter Milne (screenplay) and
Humphrey Cobb (screenplay)

Robert Tasker (story) and
John Bright (story)

Charles Belden  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Laird Doyle  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Seton I. Miller  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Tom Reed  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (photography) (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
William Holmes 
 
Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Gibbons .... special effects (uncredited)
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Gaudio .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Hans F. Koenekamp .... additional photographer (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: title music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Finland:(Banned) (1937-1949) | USA:Approved (PCA #2752)

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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 movesSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Biography: Humphrey Bogart" (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
When My Dream Boat Comes HomeSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
San Quentin, you've been living hell to me, 26 July 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

"San Quentin" presents a good view of what goes on behind the walls of state prisons, not so different from today, except for high tech gadgets that make escape more difficult.

Lieutenant Druggin (Barton MacLane) is relieved of his temporary position as yard captain, much to his dislike. When an army officer, Captain Steve Jameson (Pat O'Brien), accepts a two-year assignment to be his replacement, Druggin sets about to thwart Steve's changes, believing them to be too liberal.

Before arriving at his assignment, Steve spends a night in a club with his army buddies where he meets and falls in love with the singer, May Kennedy (Ann Sheridan), unaware that she has a criminal brother, Red Kennedy (Humphrey Bogart), bound for San Quentin following his capture at the club the same evening.

After meeting May's brother at San Quentin, Steve is determined to reform the young man without informing him that he knows and loves his sister. Red figures in on part of Steve's reform program, selecting those most likely to be rehabilitated for the fresh air road jobs, before based on seniority and good behavior alone. Steve convinces the prison board by explaining how many of the seasoned criminals take advantage of the old system to use the jobs outside the walls as means of escape. All goes awry when 'Sailor Boy' Hanson (Joe Sawyer) pulls strings with Druggin to get assigned with Red on the same work detail. Hanson needles Red about his sister being exploited by Steve by using her brother as a weapon. Hearing about Steve and May's relationship for the first time so angers Red that he throws in with Hanson and they make their getaway. It is now up to Steve to catch Red before he is totally lost to crime.

"San Quentin" has a stellar cast that raises this somewhat routine prison drama to higher ground. Humphrey Bogart's character runs the gamut of emotions but remains true to form as a wannabe tough guy with a chip on his shoulder. The gifted actress Ann Sheridan was seldom given an opportunity by the studio to strut her stuff, but she could make even the most thankless role shine. This time she is given an opportunity to show off her singing talent. Pat O'Brien, while not a versatile actor, could be counted on to give a good performance. The supporting cast of character actors makes every aspect of this tough prison drama believable.

Veteran director Lloyd Bacon delivers the goods in creating a fast paced film with an exciting chase scene near the end, filled with some daring stunt work, especially the motorcycle jump. There is exceptional camera work by Sidney Hickox of the environs of San Quentin, in particular the shots of the yard with the prisoners at times appearing almost surrealistic.

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