One of a rash of prison reform movies that hit the screens in the last half of the 1930s (at least 27 appeared in 1937-39), SAN QUENTIN was blessed with a top-name cast that made the ordinary plot worthwhile. O'Brien is a former Army captain who is sent to San Quentin to bring some
military-style order to the rowdy prison yard. He quickly employs a method of reform that separates the hardened criminals from first-time offenders. The night before he is to begin, O'Brien visits a nightclub where he watches singer Sheridan perform her act. He falls for Sheridan but keeps his
job secret when she admits that her brother, Bogart, was recently imprisoned in San Quentin. B...