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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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(screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), (screenplay)
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Sacha Bozic (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
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Legare
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Henrietta
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Charlie Bell
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Roy Stuart
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Captain Morgan
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Pony Smith
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Cleve Andrews
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Colonel Johnson
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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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Release Date:

29 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cidade sem Lei  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Some Sunday Morning", written for this movie, went on to be hit records for numerous singers of the 1940s, including Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes. See more »

Goofs

As he lies dead in Flynn's arms, John Litel blinks at least twice. See more »

Quotes

Henrietta: The regular stagecoach stops here overnight. They don't have to sit up all night, bouncing their brains out!
Sacha Bozic: It is not my brains is tired!
Henrietta: Well *use* them then, and get us on the regular stagecoach!
Sacha Bozic: Look, Tuesday it is last night we played already... so we got to be there, yesterday yet. Because the day before, we ain't *no* place, you know?
Henrietta: Whaaat?
Sacha Bozic: Sheesh'a! Look... next day it is last night we don't start. And Tuesday evening is the morning we ain't coming. Now you understand?
Henrietta: Of course not!
Sacha Bozic: ...
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Wonderland (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
(uncredited)
aka "De Camptown Races"
Music by Stephen Foster
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Minor western filmed in gorgeous Technicolor...
30 May 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Once it was established that ERROL FLYNN could fit the mold of a western hero (even with his Australian/British accent), his studio wasted no time in putting him through the paces of several westerns, the best of which was DODGE CITY ('39). By the time he did SAN ANTONIO, all the western clichés were pretty well used up, so what we have here is a routine storyline that gives Flynn a chance to play another one of his suave western heroes who romances the local dance hall girl (ALEXIS SMITH) so we get a chance to hear a couple of pretty tunes along the way.

It's a shame that Warners had so little faith in Alexis' singing prowess that they dubbed her voice for the musical interludes. She went on to become an accomplished dancer/singer on Broadway in the years ahead. Nicest number is "Some Sunday Morning" which actually got an Oscar nomination as Best Song.

The usual cast of competent Warner contract players is evident once again: John Litel, S.Z. Sakall, Paul Kelly, Tom Tyler (wasted in a small role), Florence Bates and Victor Francen. Conspicuously missing is Alan Hale, who usually played Flynn's sidekick.

With a jaunty score by Max Steiner (who borrows his own title theme from DODGE CITY), this is the kind of western you've seen many times before, but enhanced by some of the nicest Technicolor and set decorations to be seen in any Warner film of this period.

Errol Flynn fans will enjoy it as one of his lesser excursions into the western genre. Fast moving and breezy entertainment.


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