San Antonio (1945)
Errol Flynn's first western since They Died with Their Boot On incongruously casts the Australian-born star as Texas cattleman Clay Hardin. Armed with proof that San Antonio dance-hall proprietor Roy Stuart (Paul Kelly) is actually the head of a gang of cattle rustlers, Hardin runs into several obstacles while trying to bring Stuart to justice. Alexis Smith costars as New York-bred saloon hall singer Jeanne Starr, whom Hardin suspects is in league with the no-good Stuart. Also on hand is S. Z. Sakall, actually billed as "Cuddles" in the film's advertising (his character is nearly as cloying as his nickname!). Highlights of this by-the-number oater is a showdown between Flynn and secondary villain Tom Tyler, the latter coming to nearly as spectacular a demise as he did in John Ford's Stagecoach. Max Steiner's main title music in San Antonio was lifted bodily from Steiner's score for the previous Flynn western Dodge City (1939). … More
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