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  1. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Bogart in the Big House, August 19, 2009
    Scott T. Rivers (Los Angeles, CA USA) –

    This review is from: San Quentin (DVD)

    A disappointing 1937 prison drama that remains notable for Humphrey Bogart’s sympathetic portrayal of a redemptive criminal. Otherwise, “San Quentin” is strictly routine. Pat O’Brien makes the most of his contrived role as the reform-minded captain romancing Bogart’s sister (a miscast Ann Sheridan). The clichéd proceedings are briefly enlivened by a road-gang escape and ensuing chase. Unfortunately, the Hays Office took the sting out of this Warner Bros. programmer.

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    “San Quentin (1937) … O’Brien, Bogart & Sheridan … Lloyd Bacon (Director) (2006)”, March 20, 2011
    J. Lovins “Mr. Jim” (Missouri-USA) –
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    This review is from: San Quentin (DVD)

    Warner Bros. Pictures presents “SAN QUENTIN” (1937) (70 min/B&W) — Starring Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Barton MacLane & Joe Sawyer

    Directed by Lloyd Bacon

    Veteran director Lloyd Bacon delivers the goods in creating a fast paced film with an exciting chase scene near the end, filled with some daring stunt work, especially the motorcycle jump. There is exceptional camera work by Sidney Hickox of the environs of San Quentin, in particular the shots of the yard with the prisoners at times appearing almost surrealistic.

    This is one of those odd situations where the actors were some big names and decent in their performances, and the story wasn’t bad….yet there wasn’t much appeal to it, either. Only the action scene in the last 10-15 minutes provided any spark to this film which was too flat, for the most part.

    The film has a solid cast. Pat O’Brien plays the leading role very well and he really makes the character work. Also great was Humphrey Bogart, from the period when he was not yet a leading man in Hollywood movies. The other characters remain rather flat and blank but Barton MacLane as usual gives a stalwart performance as Lieutenant Druggin is relieved of his temporary position as yard captain, much to his dislike. When an army officer, Captain Steve Jameson (Pat O’Brien), accepts a two-year assignment to be his replacement, Druggin sets about to thwart Steve’s changes, believing them to be too liberal.

    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 with Bogart in “Black Legion” (1937) which is a much better film.

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

    Special footnote — Humphrey Bogart plays Ann Sheridan’s kid brother in this film, even though in real life he was actually older than her by eleven years.

    1. Lloyd Bacon [aka: Lloyd Francis Bacon]
    Date of Birth: 4 December 1889 – San Jose, California
    Date of Death: 15 November 1955 – Burbank, California

    2. Pat O’Brien [aka: William Joseph Patrick O'Brien]
    Date of Birth: 11 November 1899 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Date of Death: 15 October 1983 – Santa Monica, California

    3. Humphrey Bogart [aka: Humphrey DeForest Bogart]
    Date of Birth: 25 December 1899 – New York City, New York
    Date of Death: 14 January 1957 – Los Angeles, California

    4. Ann Sheridan [aka: Clara Lou Sheridan]
    Date of Birth: 21 February 1915 – Denton, Texas
    Date of Death: 21 January 1967 – Los Angeles, California

    Mr. Jim’s Ratings:
    Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
    Performance: 4 Stars
    Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
    Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

    Total Time: 70 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (07/18/2006)

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  3. 4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Depression-era Prison Film!!!, June 21, 2006
    Nobody (Nowheresville) –

    This review is from: San Quentin (DVD)

    This is a great depression prison era film starring Pat O’Brien and the featuring the then emerging movie legend Humphrey Bogart.It’s a must see!!!

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