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Friday, May 30, 2008

SAN QUENTIN (1937)


The threesome of Pat O’ Brien, Humphrey Bogart & Ann Sheridan (yep, that’s the billing order) made two mid-tier programmers at Warners in 1937, this one’s a formulaic prison drama w/ few sparks to it. Bogie plays Sheridan’s scapegrace brother, fresh to the big house where Captain O’Brien is introducing some newfangled Army-style discipline & motivation. The plot mechanics make O’Brien more criminally irresponsible then heroic , but it barely registers under Lloyd Bacon ’s stolid megging. He shows a lot more dash & polish in that year’s Bette Davis vehicle, MARKED WOMAN, which also co-starred Bogart and did rather better for him.

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