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San Quentin (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 August 1937 (USA)
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An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

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Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Peter Milne (screenplay), Humphrey Cobb (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Captain Stephen Jameson
Humphrey Bogart ... Joe 'Red' Kennedy
Ann Sheridan ... May Kennedy aka May De Villiers
Barton MacLane ... Captain Druggin
Joe Sawyer ... 'Sailor Boy' Hansen (as Joseph Sawyer)
Veda Ann Borg ... Helen
Archie Robbins ... Mickey Callahan (as James Robbins)
Joe King ... Warden Taylor (as Joseph King)
Gordon Oliver ... Lieutenant
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Dopey
Marc Lawrence ... Venetti
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Captain
William Pawley ... Convict
Al Hill ... Convict
Max Wagner ... Prison Runner
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Ex-Army officer Jameson takes a job a prison guard at San Quentin. Joe, the brother of his new girlfriend May, is sentenced to the prison for robbery. When Jameson tries to separate lawbreakers from hardened criminals, badguy Hansen tries to stir up trouble by telling Joe about Jameson's interest in his sister. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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... Amazing Drama of Desperate Men Behind the Walls! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La révolte See more »

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Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart's 20th film appearance. See more »

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Shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving up the row of men to the left during their lineup at the beginning of the film. See more »


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When My Dream Boat Comes Home
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Music by Cliff Friend
Played at the nightclub while Steve is first getting acquainted with May
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Dated Prison Drama
28 July 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The army Captain Stephen Jameson (Pat O'Brien) accepts the assignment to work as captain of San Quentin yard and he celebrates with two military friends in a night-club. He falls in love with the singer May Kennedy (Ann Sheridan) and he witnesses the arrest of her brother Joe 'Red' Kennedy (Humphrey Bogart) for the heist of a restaurant.

The prison warden tells to Lieutenant Druggin (Barton MacLane), who is temporarily in the position of captain, that he will be replaced by Jameson and Druggin is upset. Captain Jameson implements a rigid discipline expecting to regenerate the law offender inmates and he helps Red. When the criminal "Sailor Boy" Hansen (Joseph Sawyer) plans a prison escape, he invites Red to join him. Red refuses, and Hansen poisons him telling that Jameson is helping him is banging his sister. Now Red accepts to escape to kill Jameson.

"San Quentin" is a dated prison drama, with a story that sounds naive and moralist in the present days but nevertheless is a good movie. Ann Sheridan is gorgeous and I am a fan of Humphrey Bogart; in addition the movie has spectacular car chase and I really like and recommend it despite the bad reviews. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "San Quentin"


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