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San Antonio (1945)

Passed | | Western | 29 December 1945 (USA)
Tough dance hall girl working for the local villain falls for a cowboy trying to clean up the town.

Directors:

David Butler, Robert Florey (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), W.R. Burnett (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Clay Hardin
Alexis Smith ... Jeanne Starr
S.Z. Sakall ... Sacha Bozic (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Victor Francen ... Legare
Florence Bates ... Henrietta
John Litel ... Charlie Bell
Paul Kelly ... Roy Stuart
Robert Shayne ... Capt. Morgan
John Alvin ... Pony Smith
Monte Blue ... Cleve Andrews
Robert Barrat ... Col. Johnson
Pedro de Cordoba ... Ricardo Torreon (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Tom Tyler ... Lafe McWilliams
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Strong Men . . . Brave Men . . . Real Americans - and their Women! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cidade sem Lei See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,553,000, 31 December 1946
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First film in which S.Z. Sakall was billed by his nickname, "Cuddles." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jeanne Starr: This town looks as if it's full of men who step on baby chickens.
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Connections

Featured in The Man Behind the Gun (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Little Foot Right Out
(uncredited)
Written by Larry Spier
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Minor western filmed in gorgeous Technicolor...
30 May 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Once it was established that ERROL FLYNN could fit the mold of a western hero (even with his Australian/British accent), his studio wasted no time in putting him through the paces of several westerns, the best of which was DODGE CITY ('39). By the time he did SAN ANTONIO, all the western clichés were pretty well used up, so what we have here is a routine storyline that gives Flynn a chance to play another one of his suave western heroes who romances the local dance hall girl (ALEXIS SMITH) so we get a chance to hear a couple of pretty tunes along the way.

It's a shame that Warners had so little faith in Alexis' singing prowess that they dubbed her voice for the musical interludes. She went on to become an accomplished dancer/singer on Broadway in the years ahead. Nicest number is "Some Sunday Morning" which actually got an Oscar nomination as Best Song.

The usual cast of competent Warner contract players is evident once again: John Litel, S.Z. Sakall, Paul Kelly, Tom Tyler (wasted in a small role), Florence Bates and Victor Francen. Conspicuously missing is Alan Hale, who usually played Flynn's sidekick.

With a jaunty score by Max Steiner (who borrows his own title theme from DODGE CITY), this is the kind of western you've seen many times before, but enhanced by some of the nicest Technicolor and set decorations to be seen in any Warner film of this period.

Errol Flynn fans will enjoy it as one of his lesser excursions into the western genre. Fast moving and breezy entertainment.


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