San Antonio (1945)

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    • San Antonio (1945)




      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

      jotix wrote:

      "San Antonio", directed by David Butler must have been a vehicle for the handsome, and debonair Errol Flynn, who could do nothing wrong during that period of his career. Warner Bros. went all out to make this film that has a little bit of everything to please the fans of the Western genre.

      The surprise of the film was Alexis Smith, who was at the height of her beauty at the time. She makes a wonderful Jeanne Starr, an entertainer, who is the center of attraction among the men one sees in the film. Not only was she a gorgeous woman who blended well with her screen partners, in this case with Mr. Flynn.

      The supporting cast does good work under Mr. Butler's direction. The adorable S. Z. Sakall is wonderful as the conductor of the orchestra in the saloon where Jeanne plays. Also, Glorence Bates, an accomplished character actress appears as Jeanne's maid, Henrietta. Also in heavier roles Victor Francen and Paul Kelly do wonders with their evil roles.

      "San Antonio" has kept its wonderful colors. Max Steiner's musical score also helps the action.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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