San Antonio

Overview

In his final epic Western, Errol Flynn plays cattleman Clay Hardin, who, on a trek south of the border, has discovered that San Antonio saloon proprietor Roy Stuart Paul Kelly is actually a cattle rustler of major proportions. Determined to bring Stuart to justice, Clay runs into difficulties when he mistakes feted chanteuse Jeanne Starr Alexis Smith for being on the saloon owner's payroll. Meanwhile, Stuart's French-accented partner, and enemy, Legare Victor Francen, uses the taut situation to benefit himself. ...
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Overview

In his final epic Western, Errol Flynn plays cattleman Clay Hardin, who, on a trek south of the border, has discovered that San Antonio saloon proprietor Roy Stuart Paul Kelly is actually a cattle rustler of major proportions. Determined to bring Stuart to justice, Clay runs into difficulties when he mistakes feted chanteuse Jeanne Starr Alexis Smith for being on the saloon owner's payroll. Meanwhile, Stuart's French-accented partner, and enemy, Legare Victor Francen, uses the taut situation to benefit himself. Then Clay's longtime friend, Charlie Bell John Litel, is brutally slain and Jeanne's manager, Sacha Bozic S.Z. Sakall is forced to skip town, Bozic, unbeknownst to Clay, having witnessed the murder. The real killer is eventually forced to confess and San Antonio erupts in a climactic gun battle that culminates in a shootout at the historic Alamo. With Hungarian actor Sakall providing some much-needed comedy relief, Alexis Smith, Doodles Weaver, and a chorus perform a few songs, including: Ray Heindorf, M.K. Jerome, and Ted Koehler's "Some Sunday Morning"; "Put Your Little Foot Right Out," by Larry Spier; and Jack Scholl and Charles Kisco's "Somewhere in Monterey." According to some reports, both Raoul Walsh and Robert Florey directed a few additional scenes.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Much better than its reputation, San Antonio, in glorious Technicolor, is a slam-bang, no-nonsense Western filled with stand-out action sequences and performances. Although often negatively compared to Errol Flynn's earlier Warner epics, San Antonio, with sweeping tracking shots contrasted by more intimate but equally dramatic character delineation, stands on his own merits and to some extent bridges the gap between the romanticized empire-building spectacles of the late '30s and the postwar Western noirs. The great Warner stock company, including French import Victor Francen and a quietly menacing Paul Kelly, adds immeasurably to the overall tenor of the film, as does Max Steiner's grand score. Although Steiner has been accused of borrowing from himself -- an odd complaint considering that all the studios endlessly recycled their in-house scores -- San Antonio remains one of the most musical of A-Westerns and the Academy Award nomination for Ray Heindorf, M.K. Jerome, and Ted Koehler's lilting leitmotif "Some Sunday Morning" was more than deserved. Garbed by Milo Anderson with an eye on Technicolor, heroine Alexis Smith is a sight for sore eyes and imbues her stock assignment with more gusto than you would ordinarily expect. Among the other highlights of San Antonio are veteran B-Western star Tom Tyler's dramatic death walk and a climactic gunfight that seamlessly progresses from Francen's posh saloon into the streets of historical San Antonio to culminate, inevitably, in the ruined Alamo. All, of course, staged to maximum effect at the Warner Bros. back lot by a director, David Butler, rather unfairly known solely for his many lightweight musicals and comedies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/1994
  • UPC: 027616212030
  • Original Release: 1945
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Clay Hardin
Alexis Smith Jeanne Starr
S.Z. Sakall Sacha Bozic
Victor Francen Legare
Florence Bates Henrietta
Paul Kelly Roy Stuart
Robert Shayne Capt. Morgan
John Alvin Pony Smith
Monte Blue Cleve Andrews
Robert H. Barrat Col. Johnson
Pedro de Cordoba Ricardo Torreon
Tom Tyler Lafe McWilliams
Chris-Pin Martin Hymie Bases
Charles Stevens Sojer Harris
Poodles Hanneford San Antonio Stage Driver
Doodles Weaver Square Dance Caller
Dan White Joey Simms
Ray Spiker Rebel White
Harry Cording Hawker
Chalky Williams Poker Player
Wallis Clark Tip Brice
Bill Steele Roper
Howard Hill Henchman
Allen E. Smith Henchman
Arnold Kent Specialty Dancer
John Miles
Art Mix Barfly
Hal Taliaferro Cowboy
Eddie Acuff Gawking Cowboy
Lane Chandler Cowboy
John Parker Compton Cowboy
Denver Dixon Barfly
James Flavin Cattleman
Francis Ford Old Cowboy Greeting Coach
William Gould Wild Cowman
Henry Hall Cattleman
Brandon Hurst Gambler
Si Jenks Station Boss
Brad King Cowboy
John Litel Charlie Bell
Cliff Lyons Errol Flynn's Double
Don McGuire Cowboy
Jack Mower Wild Cowman
Harry "Snub" Pollard Dance Extra
Harry Semels Mexican
Dan Seymour Laredo Border Guard
Harry Seymour Bartender
Eddy Waller Cattleman
Norman Willis Jay Witherspoon
Al Hill Hap Winters
Wally Wales Cowboy
Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Buckner Producer
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Score Composer
M.K. Jerome Score Composer
Alan LeMay Screenwriter
Jack McConaghy Set Decoration/Design
Irene Morra Editor
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Ted Smith Art Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Perc Westmore Makeup
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