San Antonio (film)
|Directed by||David Butler
Robert Florey (uncredited)
Raoul Walsh (uncredited)
|Produced by||Robert Buckner|
|Written by||Alan Le May
W. R. Burnett
|Music by||Ray Heindorf
M. K. Jerome
|Edited by||Irene Morra|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||109 minutes|
|Box office||$3.55 million|
San Antonio is a 1945 Western Technicolor film starring Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith. The movie was written by W. R. Burnett and Alan Le May, and directed by David Butler as well as uncredited Robert Florey and Raoul Walsh.
Rustlers are running rampant in Texas, but at least one rancher, Charlie Bell, isn't pulling up stakes yet, particularly with the news that old friend Clay Hardin is en route from Mexico back home to San Antonio.
Clay claims to have proof, documented in a book, that Roy Stuart is responsible for the rustling. Clay arrives in town by stagecoach, as does Jeanne Starr, who is taking a job as a singer in Stuart's saloon.
Lured backstage by Jeanne, suspicious that she could be in cahoots with her boss, Clay leaves the book in Charlie's care. But a partner of Stuart's, a man named Legare, wants the book for his own reasons, so he steals it and shoots Charlie.
The shooting is witnessed by the singer's manager, Sacha, but he is too fearful to speak out. There is no law in San Antonio, only a troop of soldiers about to pull out, so Clay temporarily takes the job of marshal.
Legare is chased into the Alamo's ruins by Stuart and is killed. Clay sets out in hot pursuit of Stuart, determined to arrest him, but ultimately Stuart is killed when he hits his head on a rock during the climactic fist-fight with Clay. Jeanne decides to leave San Antonio for good, but Clay persuades her to stay.
- 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
- Tom Tyler - Lafe McWilliams
The film was shot at Warners Calabasas Ranch.
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- "NY Times: San Antonio". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer * Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969 p 143
- San Antonio at the Internet Movie Database
- San Antonio at AllMovie
- San Antonio at the TCM Movie Database