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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.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Peter Milne (screenplay), Humphrey Cobb (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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It's dynamite...! A prison full of rioting men! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

Two of the songs from the film, "How Could You" and "When My Dream Boat Comes Home" are featured in the Looney Tunes cartoon "Porky's Bad-time Story," also released by Warner Brothers in 1937. "When My Dream Boat Comes Home" and a third song from the film, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" can also be heard in other Looney Tunes cartoons such as "The Swooner Crooner" and "Rabbit Every Monday." See more »

Goofs

As O'Brien walks in to inspect the prisoners' cells, some pictures on the walls change or disappear. See more »

Quotes

Captain Stephen Jameson: Hi, Beautiful.
May Kennedy aka May De Villiers: Hello, Sergeant, where's the war?
May Kennedy aka May De Villiers: Haven't you read the papers? We're fighting the Indians 'cause they won't take the country back.
May Kennedy aka May De Villiers: Really, Sergeant?
Captain Stephen Jameson: And don't call me Sergeant!
May Kennedy aka May De Villiers: Well, I won't if you promised to tell me what you are.
Captain Stephen Jameson: D'ya know what two bars mean?
May Kennedy aka May De Villiers: Sure, twice as many drunks as one bar.
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Connections

Referenced in Best Friends (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing for Sale
(uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played by the band at the nightclub
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Standard tough prison melodrama, competently done
14 April 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

In "San Quentin," Bogart returns quickly to a life of crime… Trying without success to add some depth and meaning to a role which offered little of either, Bogart is a convicted robber sent to San Quentin and assigned to a road gang as a rehabilitated step instituted by the prison yard captain, Pat O'Brien…

When Bogart is maliciously informed, through the efforts of the bad Barton MacLane, that O'Brien has less than honorable intentions toward his sister, Ann Sheridan, he breaks out and shoots O'Brien, though not seriously…

When he finds that he has made a mistake, he decides to give himself up, but…

"San Quentin," though far from one of Bogart's best roles, is almost always included in his film retrospectives as a favorite choice of his fans


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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