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San Quentin (1946)

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66 min | Drama, Romance

Television viewer seeing this for the first time: Gee whiz, it's in black-and-white and was made in the 40's and is about crime and...Eureka!...another "noir" film is discovered. How about just another typical Martin Mooney film that ...See moreTelevision viewer seeing this for the first time: Gee whiz, it's in black-and-white and was made in the 40's and is about crime and...Eureka!...another "noir" film is discovered. How about just another typical Martin Mooney film that starts out as pretending to be something socially significant---call Prison Warden Lewis E. Lawes to do another prologue speech---and then quickly gets into just another cops-vs-robbers (or good crooks vs. bad crooks)B-feature action-thriller that will open in every 2nd-tier theatre in the country on Sunday, close on Wednesday... and be the bottom-half of a grind-house twin-bill two weeks later. "San Quentin" ably fills that description. Ex-con Jim Rowland (Lawrence Tierney), gone straight and returning from WWII as a hero, is more than a bit irked, as one of the founders of the Prison Welfare League (cons rehabilitating cons inside and outside the walls), when he learns that bank robber Nick Taylor (Barton MacLane) has used the good name of the PWL to escape from San Quentin, and knocked the Warden in the head to boot. This is one founding father that isn't going to stand idly by after the good name of the PWL has been stained, especially by the likes of Barton MacLane, probably still laughing at the thought there was a Warden somewhere who would actually trust him. So Jim and his ex-con pal 'Broadway' (Joe Devlin) set out to track down Nick Taylor. They encounter Marian Carr along the way. Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Gordon Douglas (as Gordon M. Douglas)
Writers
Lawrence Kimble (screen play) | Arthur A. Ross (screen play) | Howard J. Green (screenplay)
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Updated Dec 16, 1946

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Dec 16, 1946 (United States)

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57 cast members
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Lawrence Tierney
Jim Roland Jim Roland   See fewer
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Barton MacLane
Nick Taylor Nick Taylor   See fewer
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Marian Carr
Betty Richards Betty Richards   See fewer
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Harry Shannon
Warden Kelly Warden Kelly   See fewer
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Carol Forman
Ruthie Ruthie   See fewer
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Joe Devlin
'Broadway' Johnson 'Broadway' Johnson   See fewer
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Tom Keene
Hal Schaeffer, Robbery Detail (as Richard Powers) Hal Schaeffer, Robbery Detail (as Richard Powers)   See fewer
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Tony Barrett
Steve Marlowe Steve Marlowe   See fewer
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Lee Bonnell
Joe Carzoni Joe Carzoni   See fewer
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Robert Clarke
Tommy North Tommy North   See fewer
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Raymond Burr
Jeff Torrance Jeff Torrance   See fewer
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Lewis E. Lawes
Prologue Speaker Prologue Speaker   See fewer
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Franklyn Farnum
Doctor (scenes deleted) Doctor (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Ernie Adams
The Tailor (uncredited) The Tailor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Andrews
Head Guard (uncredited) Head Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bobby Barber
Shorty (uncredited) Shorty (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rodney Bell
Andy (uncredited) Andy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carlyle Blackwell Jr.
Veteran (uncredited) Veteran (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Blystone
Fresno Police Captain (uncredited) Fresno Police Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Bray
Saunders, a Gunman (uncredited) Saunders, a Gunman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Loie Bridge
Mrs. Richardson, Betty's Mother (uncredited) Mrs. Richardson, Betty's Mother (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Brooks
Plainclothesman (uncredited) Plainclothesman (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Conaty
Father Riley (uncredited) Father Riley (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Dudley
Fuller - Gun Club Proprietor (uncredited) Fuller - Gun Club Proprietor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Flynn
Fred the Reporter (uncredited) Fred the Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Byron Foulger
Mr. Dixon, Coffee Shop Proprietor (uncredited) Mr. Dixon, Coffee Shop Proprietor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gargan
Prison Board Member (uncredited) Prison Board Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Gould
Police Chief (uncredited) Police Chief (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Halligan
Prison Board Member (uncredited) Prison Board Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Harris
Ross (uncredited) Ross (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Horne Jr.
Intern (uncredited) Intern (uncredited)   See fewer
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Selmer Jackson
Rev. Eckles (uncredited) Rev. Eckles (uncredited)   See fewer
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Raymond Largay
Jenson (uncredited) Jenson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Perc Launders
Red Mason, Convict (uncredited) Red Mason, Convict (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenneth MacDonald
Dubbed Voice of Visiting Colonel (uncredited) Dubbed Voice of Visiting Colonel (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cy Malis
Black Convict (uncredited) Black Convict (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Marlowe
Higgins (uncredited) Higgins (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Marsh
Nightclub Manager (uncredited) Nightclub Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jay Norris
Jack Williams (uncredited) Jack Williams (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Nunn
Danny, Young Convict (uncredited) Danny, Young Convict (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank O'Connor
Guard at Prison Entrance (uncredited) Guard at Prison Entrance (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Perry
Connors (uncredited) Connors (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Phelps
Machine Shop Guard (uncredited) Machine Shop Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gerald Pierce
Soda Jerk (uncredited) Soda Jerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Pilcher
Newsboy (uncredited) Newsboy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Quinn
Poker Player (uncredited) Poker Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herbert Rawlinson
Dr. Stanton (uncredited) Dr. Stanton (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allen Ray
Veteran (uncredited) Veteran (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rabbi Roseman (uncredited) Rabbi Roseman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Steve Savage
Casey (uncredited) Casey (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Steers
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Brick Sullivan
Prison Guard at Bus (uncredited) Prison Guard at Bus (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Sullivan
Batson - Convict (uncredited) Batson - Convict (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Toney
Trusty (uncredited) Trusty (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pete Moley (uncredited) Pete Moley (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.9 / 10 | 201 votes