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San Antonio (1945)

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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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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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Warner's Adventure of the Century! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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

Henrietta: The regular stagecoach stops here overnight. They don't have to sit up all night, bouncing their brains out!
Sacha Bozic: It is not my brains is tired!
Henrietta: Well *use* them then, and get us on the regular stagecoach!
Sacha Bozic: Look, Tuesday it is last night we played already... so we got to be there, yesterday yet. Because the day before, we ain't *no* place, you know?
Henrietta: Whaaat?
Sacha Bozic: Sheesh'a! Look... next day it is last night we don't start. And Tuesday evening is the morning we ain't coming. Now you understand?
Henrietta: Of course not!
Sacha Bozic: I'm ...
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Connections

Edited into Cheyenne: Star in the Dust (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, My Darling Clementine
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Traditional, usually attributed to Percy Montrose
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 A. Judas RimmerSee 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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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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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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