San Antonio (1945)

110-111 mins | Western | 29 December 1945

Director:

David Butler

Producer:

Robert Buckner

Cinematographers:

Bert Glennon, William Skall

Editor:

Irene Morra

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a 25 Sep 1944 HR news item, actor Harry Carey was released from the film at his own request because he was dissatisfied with his role. He was to have played Errol Flynn's sidekick. Pre-production press releases included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library state that former Olympic athelete Jim Thorpe was to play an Indian chief in the picture and Raoul Walsh was scheduled to direct it. Ted Smith and Jack McConaghy received an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration in a color film, and "Some Sunday Morning" was nominated for Best ... More Less

According to a 25 Sep 1944 HR news item, actor Harry Carey was released from the film at his own request because he was dissatisfied with his role. He was to have played Errol Flynn's sidekick. Pre-production press releases included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library state that former Olympic athelete Jim Thorpe was to play an Indian chief in the picture and Raoul Walsh was scheduled to direct it. Ted Smith and Jack McConaghy received an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration in a color film, and "Some Sunday Morning" was nominated for Best Song. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Nov 1945.
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Daily Variety
23 Nov 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Nov 45
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 44
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 44
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Nov 45
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Dec 44
p. 2216.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Nov 45
pp. 2725-26.
New York Times
29 Dec 45
p. 19.
Variety
21 Nov 45
p. 10.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
S. Z. Sakall
Bill Steele
Johnny Miles
Eddie Waller
Carl Harbough
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Supv art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Matte paintings
Matte paintings
MAKEUP
Makeup
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col dir
Assoc Technicolor dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Some Sunday Morning," music by Ray Heindorf and M. K. Jerome, lyrics by Ted Koehler
"Put Your Little Foot Right Out," music and lyrics by Larry Spier
"La Varsuviana," traditional
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SONGS
"Some Sunday Morning," music by Ray Heindorf and M. K. Jerome, lyrics by Ted Koehler
"Put Your Little Foot Right Out," music and lyrics by Larry Spier
"La Varsuviana," traditional
"Somewhere in Monterey," words by Jack Scholl, music by Charles Kisco.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
29 December 1945
Production Date:
21 September--early December 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 January 1946
Copyright Number:
LP9
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
110-111
Length(in feet):
9,976
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

By 1877, cattle rustling in Southwest Texas has driven away many cattle ranchers. One who has stayed behind to fight the rustlers is Charlie Bell of San Antonio. When Charlie learns that his friend, Clay Hardin, is planning to return to Texas from his hideaway in Mexico, he crosses the border to warn him that his life has been threatened by the rustlers. Clay responds that he has acquired proof against Roy Stuart, the head of the rustlers, and plans to use it to put Stuart in jail. Despite the efforts of Stuart's men, Clay safely crosses the border and rides into San Antonio in a private coach, which is also carrying singer Jeanne Starr, who has a job singing in Stuart's saloon. Clay attempts to present his evidence, a tally book that records the sale of stolen cattle, to the soldiers at a nearby garrison. In the absence of the commanding officer, however, no action can be taken, and Clay decides to hold on to the tally book for the moment. When Legare, Stuart's partner, learns about Clay's evidence, he wants to obtain the book and use it against Stuart for his own purposes. One night, Jeanne invites Clay to visit her backstage, and Charlie, worried that Jeanne may be involved in a plot against Clay, keeps the tally book. Legare witnesses the exchange, and later, when Stuart tries unsuccessfully to kill Clay, he shoots Charlie and steals the tally book. The murder is witnessed by Sacha Bozic, Jeanne's manager, who fearfully denies that he has seen anything. During the inquiry into Charlie's death, Sacha reveals nothing, ... +


By 1877, cattle rustling in Southwest Texas has driven away many cattle ranchers. One who has stayed behind to fight the rustlers is Charlie Bell of San Antonio. When Charlie learns that his friend, Clay Hardin, is planning to return to Texas from his hideaway in Mexico, he crosses the border to warn him that his life has been threatened by the rustlers. Clay responds that he has acquired proof against Roy Stuart, the head of the rustlers, and plans to use it to put Stuart in jail. Despite the efforts of Stuart's men, Clay safely crosses the border and rides into San Antonio in a private coach, which is also carrying singer Jeanne Starr, who has a job singing in Stuart's saloon. Clay attempts to present his evidence, a tally book that records the sale of stolen cattle, to the soldiers at a nearby garrison. In the absence of the commanding officer, however, no action can be taken, and Clay decides to hold on to the tally book for the moment. When Legare, Stuart's partner, learns about Clay's evidence, he wants to obtain the book and use it against Stuart for his own purposes. One night, Jeanne invites Clay to visit her backstage, and Charlie, worried that Jeanne may be involved in a plot against Clay, keeps the tally book. Legare witnesses the exchange, and later, when Stuart tries unsuccessfully to kill Clay, he shoots Charlie and steals the tally book. The murder is witnessed by Sacha Bozic, Jeanne's manager, who fearfully denies that he has seen anything. During the inquiry into Charlie's death, Sacha reveals nothing, but Stuart quickly discovers that Legare committed the murder when he demands that Stuart share his cattle business with him in return for suppressing the evidence. When the cavalry leaves town, Clay is temporarily appointed to be marshal. Stuart then summons all his men to town, and this action convinces Clay that he does not have the tally book himself. Clay tells Stuart that he believes him to be innocent, but refuses to make a deal with him. Clay then arrests Legare, but when they try to leave the saloon, a gunfight ensues and Legare escapes. Stuart chases Legare into the ruins of the Alamo and kills him, and then rides out of town, pursued by Clay. Clay finally catches Stuart, who is killed during the ensuing struggle. Clay returns to San Antonio with the tally book to find that Jeanne is leaving town. He swings aboard her coach and tries to talk her into staying with him. Jeanne inadvertently reveals that she, too, is a Texan and does not protest when Clay orders the coach to return to San Antonio. +

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