San Quentin (1937)

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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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  • Humphrey Bogart and Joe Sawyer in San Quentin (1937)
  • Humphrey Bogart, Pat O'Brien, Barton MacLane, and Ann Sheridan in San Quentin (1937)
  • Humphrey Bogart, Pat O'Brien, Joe Sawyer, and Ann Sheridan in San Quentin (1937)
  • San Quentin (1937)
  • Humphrey Bogart, Pat O'Brien, and Ann Sheridan in San Quentin (1937)
  • Humphrey Bogart, Pat O'Brien, and Ann Sheridan in San Quentin (1937)

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25 January 2006 | bkoganbing
6
| Weak Prison Drama
They've got a new captain of the guards coming to San Quentin in Pat O'Brien. Barton MacLane who held the job previously is demoted and is in a foul mood.

A couple of new prisoners are arriving as well. Joe Sawyer as a hardened criminal and Humphrey Bogart who O'Brien believes is salvageable. O'Brien also meets up with Bogey's sister, Ann Sheridan and they get to kanoodling.

Each for their own motives, Sawyer and MacLane play Iago to Bogey's inner Othello and Bogey and Sawyer crash out of San Quentin.

Back in the day Warner Brothers was the great working class studio, with many a film of social significance. San Quentin is one of these, but it's hardly the best one. I'm at a loss to see why O'Brien thinks Bogart is so salvageable other than his involvement with his sister.

Joe Sawyer has one of his best film parts in San Quentin. He's a hardened criminal and that's all there is to it. He played a similar role vis a vis Bogart in Black Legion which is a much better film.

Also Garry Owen has a nice turn as a stir crazy convict who O'Brien has to face down and disarm.

Dedicated fans of Humphrey Bogart will like this film, others can take it or leave it.

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