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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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Ricardo Torreon (as Pedro De Cordoba)
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Lafe McWilliams
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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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AMERICA'S MOST GLORIOUS ADVENTURE! (original 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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(RCA Sound System)

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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

As he lies dead in Flynn's arms, John Litel blinks at least twice. 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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Featured in The Man Behind the Gun (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

La Golondrina
(uncredited)
Written by Narcisco Serradell
Played as part of the medley at the dance in the cantina
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The wonderful flash and charm of Errol Flynn
28 May 2000 | by (Northeast USA) – See all my reviews

I admit, this is the first Flynn movie I have seen. I have long been intrigued by the actor's reputation: as THE dashing movie swashbuckler and dandy. After seeing San Antonio, I find that that reputation seems well earned. Flynn's Clay Hardin is a bit of a super-hero, tossing witty dialog right and left, outsmarting and outfighting bad guys, charming ladies effortlessly and looking swell throughout all. As Westerns go, it does not hold up well with the more dramatic and textured movies that started being made a few years later; the plot is not exactly the most believable and the film is loaded with perfectly stock characters (conniving cattleman, scheming Acadian, loyal father figure/partner, etc.). Then again, it is clearly a different sort of movie and I recommend it as that; a pulp Western, the sort of pulp that Indiana Jones is homage to, a story of villains, damsels, and one unstoppable roguish hero.


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