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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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Warner's Adventure of the Century! 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

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

Clay Hardin catches the stage riding his running horse. It's never explained how he was able to jump to stage and then lift his saddle off the horse. He wouldn't have been able to run his horse as he did in the clip (over a great distance) with an uncinched saddle. 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

La Golondrina
(uncredited)
Written by Narcisco Serradell
Played as part of the medley at the dance in the cantina
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one of the high achievements of Warner, a still enjoyable western.
23 February 2003 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

When I first saw this film in a rerun at the early fifties I was impressed by the colors. Before this western only a few were made in color like "Dodge City", "Jesse James", and "Drums Along the Mohawk". There is a scene at the beginning where a young boy takes a telegram from one person to another passing through the town, and the scenery and colors of this scene never left my memory, it was breathtaking. When I saw this film recently on DVD, the colors looked great, but because of the higher definition, the painted scenery became very obvious. "San Antonio" is one of those high achievements of Warner, a western that has stagecoaches, shootouts, (one of them at the Alamo), a big saloon with music, Alexis Smith, and of course, Flynn. I lost the count of the times I have seen this movie and I keep on enjoying it.


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