San Antonio (1945)

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    Plot Summary
    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

    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 ... Captain Morgan
    John Alvin ... Pony Smith
    Monte Blue ... Cleve Andrews
    Robert Barrat ... Colonel Johnson
    Pedro de Cordoba ... Ricardo Torreon (as Pedro De Cordoba)
    Tom Tyler ... Lafe McWilliams
    and many more...

    David Butler
    Robert Florey ... (uncredited)
    Raoul Walsh ... (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Alan Le May ... (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay) and
    W.R. Burnett ... (screenplay)

    Robert Buckner ... producer
    Jack L. Warner ... executive producer

    Max Steiner
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold ... (uncredited)

    Bert Glennon ... director of photography
    William V. Skall ... director of photography (uncredited)

    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".

    The song "Some Sunday Morning", written for this movie, went on to be hit records
    for numerous singers of the 1940s, including Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes.

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

    Character error
    As he lies dead in Flynn's arms, John Litel blinks at least twice.

    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.

    Plot holes
    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.

    Revealing mistakes
    In the final fight between the Characters Hardin and Stuart,
    Hardin punches Stuart and he falls hitting his head on a large rock.
    The rock, being fake, moves.

    Revealing mistakes
    Near the end of the movie, as Roy Stewart dies when he hits his head on a rock, he's still breathing.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Calabasas, California, USA
    Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA (studio)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • San Antonio is a 1945 Western Technicolor film starring Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith.
    The film was written by W. R. Burnett and Alan Le May, and directed by David Butler
    as well as uncredited Robert Florey and Raoul Walsh.

    The film was nominated for two Academy Awards; for Best Original Song
    ("Some Sunday Morning") and Best Art Direction (Ted Smith, Jack McConaghy)

    The film was announced for production in March 1944 with Errol Flynn attached from the beginning.
    It was the third in a series of Westerns he made named after a city, following Dodge City and Virginia City.
    Raoul Walsh was originally announced as director.
    Raymond Massey was going to play the second male lead.
    He was replaced by Zachary Scott with Alexis Smith as the female lead.

    Eventually David Butler was assigned to direct and Paul Kelly, not Scott, played the villain

    Shooting started September 1944.
    The film was shot at Warners Calabasas Ranch.

    Actor Hap Hogan died during filming.

    The film was Flynn's most popular movie of the mid 1940s, earning $3,553,000.[10]

    User Review

    Errol and Alexis
    Author: jotix100 from New York 9 May 2007

    Best Wishes
    London- England