San Quentin (1937 film)

San Quentin is a 1937 Warner Bros. drama film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan. It was shot on location at San Quentin State Prison.

San Quentin
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Directed byLloyd Bacon
Written byRobert Tasker
John Bright
Screenplay byPeter Milne
Humphrey Cobb
Charles Belden
Laird Doyle
Seton I. Miller
Tom Reed
Produced byJack L. Warner
Hal Wallis
Samuel Bischoff
StarringPat O'Brien
Humphrey Bogart
Ann Sheridan
CinematographySidney Hickox
Edited byWilliam Holmes
Music byLeo Forbstein
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • August 7, 1937 (1937-08-07)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$365,000 (estimated)

Plot summaryEdit

Ex-Army officer Steve Jameson, the chief guard at San Quentin State Prison, meets Mae Kennedy, who works as a singer in a San Francisco night club. Red Kennedy, her brother, who is on the run from the police, is arrested at the nightclub when he comes to see his sister.

Red arrives in San Quentin a few days later with another new inmate, "Sailor Boy" Hansen. After a fight with Sailor in the courtyard on his first day, Jameson punishes him. Mae begins a romantic relationship with Jameson, and soon finds out what he couldn't tell her before: he is the leading officer of the prison, in charge of the prisoners.

Having been selected with Red to work outside the prison in a "road gang" constructing a new road, Sailor makes a plan to break out. At first Red refuses to join him, but changes his mind when he learns that Jameson is dating his sister.

Sailor's girlfriend arrives in a car at the site where the inmates are working and asks for help with a flat tire. Sailor volunteers to change the tire, and retrieves two guns that were hidden in the tool box. He and Red take a guard hostage and flee. After a wild car pursuit, Sailor's car crashes and he dies. Red survives the crash and escapes. He makes it to Mae's flat, but Jameson is already there. After a short argument, Red shoots at Jameson who is slightly injured. Red flees and is shot by a police patrol, but he has enough strength to get back to the prison, where he dies in front of the gates.

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