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San Quentin (1946)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 16 December 1946 (USA)
Television viewer seeing this for the first time: Gee whiz, it's in black-and-white and was made in the 40's and is about crime and...Eureka!...another "noir" film is discovered. How about ... See full summary »

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Nick Taylor
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Betty Richards
Harry Shannon ...
Warden Kelly
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Ruthie
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'Broadway' Johnson
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Hal Schaeffer, Robbery Detail (as Richard Powers)
Tony Barrett ...
Steve Marlowe
Lee Bonnell ...
Joe Carzoni
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Tommy North
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Jeff Torrance
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Television viewer seeing this for the first time: Gee whiz, it's in black-and-white and was made in the 40's and is about crime and...Eureka!...another "noir" film is discovered. How about just another typical Martin Mooney film that starts out as pretending to be something socially significant---call Prison Warden Lewis E. Lawes to do another prologue speech---and then quickly gets into just another cops-vs-robbers (or good crooks vs. bad crooks)B-feature action-thriller that will open in every 2nd-tier theatre in the country on Sunday, close on Wednesday... and be the bottom-half of a grind-house twin-bill two weeks later. "San Quentin" ably fills that description. Ex-con Jim Rowland (Lawrence Tierney), gone straight and returning from WWII as a hero, is more than a bit irked, as one of the founders of the Prison Welfare League (cons rehabilitating cons inside and outside the walls), when he learns that bank robber Nick Taylor (Barton MacLane) has used the good name of the PWL to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SAGA OF THRILLING CONFLICT, ROMANCE AND REGENERATION! (original poster-all caps)

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Drama | Romance

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16 December 1946 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Raymond Burr. See more »

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The story of this photoplay is told against the pictorial background of San Quentin prison, and the factual background of our penal institutions generally, but in its presentation of persons and specific institutions it is fictional. The characters are not intended to represent actual persons, living or dead. See more »

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13 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had too much footage devoted to p.r. for the prison system to be a worthwhile noir. Of only marginal interest for Lawrence Tierney fans. The first red-flag that this movie was not going to be what I had hoped for: there is an awkward prologue spoken by the real-life warden of Sing Sing, who seems to be reading enormous cue cards, judging from his eyes sweeping back and forth before the camera. Perhaps he was too vain to wear his eyeglasses.


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