San Antonio (1945)
w Alan Le May & W.R. Burnett
d David Butler
Hans Wollstein wrote, “Much better than its reputation, San Antonio, in glorious Technicolor, is a slam-bang, no-nonsense Western filled with stand-out action sequences and performances. Although often negatively compared to Errol Flynn's earlier Warner epics [most notably Dodge City], San Antonio -- with sweeping tracking shots contrasted by more intimate but equally dramatic character delineation -- stands on [its] own merits. The great Warner stock company, including French import Victor Francen and a quietly menacing Paul Kelly, adds to the overall tenor of the film, as does Max Steiner's grand score. Garbed by Milo Anderson, heroine Alexis Smith is a sight for sore eyes and imbues her stock assignment with more gusto than you would ordinarily expect. Among the other highlights are veteran B-Western Star Tom Tyler … and a climactic gunfight that seamlessly progresses from Francen's posh saloon into the streets to culminate, inevitably, in the ruined Alamo. All, of course, staged to maximum effect by Director David Butler.”
Well, to start off, something personal.
So, in wrapping up --