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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

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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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Out Of The "Pen" . . . Into The Jaws Of Death ! . . . 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940 identifies Emmett Vogan as a Lieutenant and Gordon Oliver as a Captain. It's very apparent from their quite visible insignia in the scene in which they are both featured that the older Vogan is the Captain, and the younger Oliver is the Lieutenant. See more »

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Before going onto the yard, Bogart's hair is dark. When on the yard, suddenly he becomes a blonde. 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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Edited into Dark Passage (1947) 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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San Quentin: Good Prison Yarn ***
18 October 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien star in this 1937 film detailing prison life.

A man and army official with a heart, O'Brien is sent to this prison to help reform it from a vicious guard played in his usual sinister way by Barton MacLane.

O'Brien falls for lounge singer Sheridan. Coincidentally, her brother is sent to the jail for armed robbery. Tough guy Bogart is reformed by O'Brien until a misunderstanding leads Bogie to believe that he is being treated well since O'Brien is stuck on his sister.

Jealous and angry of O'Brien being brought in over him, MacLane "arranges" a breakout of Bogart and another inmate with tragic results for all resulting.

This picture details when a criminal tries to go straight but other things just get in the way.

Marc Lawrence, who died recently in his 90s, is also excellent as one of the inmates.

The film also shows emotionally disturbed people being in the same prison as hardened criminals.

Note Veda Ann Borg in a small but captivating role.


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