San Antonio (1945)

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


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


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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Release Date:

29 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cidade sem Lei  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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)'. 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, he 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 a volume of his autobiography:"Bring on the empty horses." See more »


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 »


Jeanne Starr: This town looks as if it's full of men who step on baby chickens.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Errol Flynn (1961) See more »


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Rip-snortin' shoot-em-up
5 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"San Antonio" is a lively movie, with a lot going for it: two very attractive leads who look good together, beautiful Technicolor, enjoyably unsubtle and melodic Max Steiner score, good villains. It's a Saturday-afternoon kind of film, best accompanied with a bucket of buttered popcorn. The script isn't inspired, but it moves, and the big fight sequence toward the end is quite spectacular and well choreographed, and made me really appreciate the contributions of stunt players in this kind of film.

Alexis Smith is gorgeous and well-costumed, if a bit reserved, and gets to lip-sync two very pretty songs. There was always something very identifiable about Warner Bros. orchestration for musical numbers--a cheeky brassiness. Errol Flynn is characteristically cheeky in his own slightly self-mocking way, as when he carries on a conversation while interspersing it with bits of a romantic song, also strumming a guitar. Florence Bates does a reprise of her "mentor to the female lead" from "Saratoga Trunk." Victor Francen and Paul Kelly make a good, hissable pair of bad guys.

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