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7 August 1937 (USA) See more »
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  (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)
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)
Noble "Kid" Chissell ... Convict (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | Finland:(Banned) (1937-1949) | USA:Approved (PCA #2752)

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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 »
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 »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A trail of tears that leads straight back to the Big House., 1 February 2006
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

**SPOILERS** With things getting out of control in controlling the rowdy San Quentin inmates the prisons Warden Taylor, Joe King, gets tough but sensitive US Army man Capt. Steve Jamerson, Pat O'Brien, to replace the utterly incompetent and abusive Let. Druggin, Barton MacLane, as the commander of the prisons guards.

Steve meets, and falls in love with, Mea De Villiers aka May Kennedy, Ann Sheridan, at a San Francisco nightclub who's brother Red, Humphrey Bogart, later turns out to be a prisoner in the very prison that he's to be working at.

Working with, instead of against, the prison inmates has them stop their rebellious activities and at the same time respect Jameson. Let. Druggin, who's now Jamesons second in command, is planing to start up something by getting a number of inmates to break out in order to embarrass the guard commander and have him canned by Warden Taylor.

Red who's getting the hang of it in being cooperative with the prison administration, like Jameson want's him to, is later manipulated into going along with the hardened and murderous convict Carl "Sailor Boy" Hansen, Joe Sawyer,in a prison break secretly set up by Druggin.

Druggin having both Sailor Boy and Red put on a prisoner road work detail outside San Quentin the two plan is set up to escape by the two convicts with Sailor Boy's girlfriend Helen, Veda Ann Berg, being recruited to drive the getaway car.

The prison escape turns out to be a disaster for Druggin with him being kidnapped, instead of helped, by Sailor Boy and Red and later thrown from the speeding car to his death. With Sailor Boy killed in a car crash and Red then getting away from the perusing police by rail he later gets back to May's home in SF where he finds Jameson with her and then angrily basts him away.

Red mad at Jameson, for what he thought, taking advantage of May by treating him with kindness and understanding in the clink in order to make romantic points with her realizes, only too late, that both Jameson and his sister May were in love with each other. It turns out that Jameson somehow recovered for his wounds and survived Red's shooting.

With the cops outside May's apartment waiting for him Red tries to escape but is shot and fatally wounded. On the run and hitching a ride back to San Quentin, to give himself up, Red tells the guards in a kind of death bed confession that Jameson was right with what he did in the prison, in trying to straighten out incorrigible hoods like himself. Thus proving that Captain Steve Jameson's policies in San Quentin to have been right all along saving Capt. Jamesons job and his, Joeseph "Red" Kennedy's, troubled soul.

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