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
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 »
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 »
Aren't you ever going to forgive me for something I didn't even do?
Uh, did you ever hear of an animal called a Judas goat?
No, but never mind that now, Clay...
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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one of the high achievements of Warner, a still enjoyable western.
When I first saw this film in a rerun at the early fifties I was impressed by the colors. Before this western only a few were made in color like "Dodge City", "Jesse James", and "Drums Along the Mohawk". There is a scene at the beginning where a young boy takes a telegram from one person to another passing through the town, and the scenery and colors of this scene never left my memory, it was breathtaking. When I saw this film recently on DVD, the colors looked great, but because of the higher definition, the painted scenery became very obvious. "San Antonio" is one of those high achievements of Warner, a western that has stagecoaches, shootouts, (one of them at the Alamo), a big saloon with music, Alexis Smith, and of course, Flynn. I lost the count of the times I have seen this movie and I keep on enjoying it.
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