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San Antonio (1945)

Approved | | Western | 29 December 1945 (USA)
Tough dance hall girl working for the local villain falls for a cowboy trying to clean up the town.

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Writers:

(screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Sacha Bozic (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Victor Francen ...
Legare
Florence Bates ...
Henrietta
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Charlie Bell
Paul Kelly ...
Roy Stuart
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Captain Morgan
John Alvin ...
Pony Smith
Monte Blue ...
Cleve Andrews
Robert Barrat ...
Colonel Johnson
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Ricardo Torreon (as Pedro De Cordoba)
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Lafe McWilliams
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Storyline

Clay Hardin is a San Antonio rancher who has been run off his land by cattle rustlers. There's a range war going on and Hardin is determined to get the man behind it all, Roy Stuart. Hardin has been hiding out in Mexico, biding his time and decides the time has come for him to return. He's managed to get hold of one of Stuart's tally books that clearly shows he was selling cattle that didn't belong to him. Stuart and his partner Legare will go to any lengths to stop Hardin before he can put the evidence before a court. Beautiful dance hall performer Jeanne Starr arrives in San Antonio under contract to Stuart and Legare but she is clearly smitten with the handsome Hardin. When the army is called away, Hardin and his supporters are left on their own to defend themselves. Written by garykmcd

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ADVENTURE OF THE CENTURY! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »

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Western

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Release Date:

29 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cidade sem Lei  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bozic in the film twice refers to riderless horses as "empty horses". This is likely to be a reference to director Michael Curtiz, with whom Errol Flynn had worked on The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) (and whom Flynn detested). When wanting to see stray horses wandering through the battle, Curtiz directed the wranglers to "bring on the empty horses." When David Niven and Flynn cracked up laughing, Curtiz responded with, 'You people, you think I know fuck nothing; I tell you: I know fuck all". Niven later made this "Curtizism" immortal by titling his autobiography:"Bring On the Empty Horses". See more »

Goofs

In the final fight between the Characters Hardin and Stuart, Hardin punches Stuart and he falls hitting his head on a large rock. The rock, being fake, moves. See more »

Quotes

Clay Hardin: [about the dance] Took me years to pick up.
Jeanne Starr: It must have been the only thing that took you that long.
Clay Hardin: Well, we don't get pretty girls like you down here often. Guess that's why we have to pay for it.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Wonderland (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, My Darling Clementine
(uncredited)
Traditional, usually attributed to Percy Montrose
Played as part of the medley at the dance in the cantina
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Errol and Alexis
9 May 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"San Antonio", directed by David Butler must have been a vehicle for the handsome, and debonair Errol Flynn, who could do nothing wrong during that period of his career. Warner Bros. went all out to make this film that has a little bit of everything to please the fans of the Western genre.

The surprise of the film was Alexis Smith, who was at the height of her beauty at the time. She makes a wonderful Jeanne Starr, an entertainer, who is the center of attraction among the men one sees in the film. Not only was she a gorgeous woman who blended well with her screen partners, in this case with Mr. Flynn.

The supporting cast does good work under Mr. Butler's direction. The adorable S. Z. Sakall is wonderful as the conductor of the orchestra in the saloon where Jeanne plays. Also, Glorence Bates, an accomplished character actress appears as Jeanne's maid, Henrietta. Also in heavier roles Victor Francen and Paul Kelly do wonders with their evil roles.

"San Antonio" has kept its wonderful colors. Max Steiner's musical score also helps the action.


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