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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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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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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,553,000, 31 December 1946
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film in which S.Z. Sakall was billed by his nickname, "Cuddles." See more »

Goofs

When Clay Hardin tells the driver to turn the coach around at the end, the long shot shows his horse tied to it. However, just before this shot, Bozic sees Hardin's 'empty' horse running free. See more »

Quotes

Jeanne Starr: Aren't you ever going to forgive me for something I didn't even do?
Clay Hardin: Uh, did you ever hear of an animal called a Judas goat?
Jeanne Starr: No, but never mind that now, Clay...
Clay Hardin: But I *do* mind now... When sheep are driven into the pen to be slaughtered, they balk and won't go in, so a goat's put in to lead 'em. The sheep trust the goat, and they go where she leads. The goat walks through untouched, but the sheep following her are killed.
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Connections

Featured in The Man Behind the Gun (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Sunday Morning
Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Alexis Smith (dubbed by Bobbie Canvin) (uncredited)
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San Antonio Blues
12 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Hard to believe this was Flynn's highest grossing film but war-weary patrons were looking for any form of escapism. Sharp Technicolor production, nice use of Warner's Calabasas Ranch plus razor sharp costumes for Alexis Smith make this film watchable but not much else. Flynn smiles his way through the proceedings but looks rather silly in the red bandanna and toy gun.

Nevertheless, his scenes with Alexis generate smiles. Was there anybody better than Flynn? I think not. His riding a horse then dismounting into the window of the stage is a nice touch. Unfortunately, this tepid movie plods along until the anti-climatic saloon fight scene. All stunts, prate-falls and special effects look so staged it's distracting. By the end you're left thinking: let's wrap this up! I'm a huge Flynn fan but San Antonio entertainment isn't as big as Texas. Dodge City, Virginia City and even Rocky Mountain are better bets.

Note: Some stunts done with Horses would never see the light of day now. One scene has Flynn chasing Paul Kelly across a bridge, Flynn jumps onto Kelly's white horse with both taking a big fall into the river. It's one of the more dramatic moments in the entire film. Speaking of Kelly, his personal life was almost as drama filled as Flynn's.


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