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San Quentin(1946)

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The working title of this film was Prison Story. In a spoken prologue, Lewis E. Lawes, the former warden of Sing Sing Prison in New York, dedicates the film to "those organizations and our penitentiaries that help educate and rehabilitate their inmates." Lawes adds that the first "inmates' organization, the Mutual Welfare League, originated in New York State." According to the Hollywood Reporter review, the actual San Quentin convict group was call "The Seekers." According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, RKO sales executives were so excited by a rough cut of the picture that they ordered producer Martin Mooney to add footage so that the film could be classed as an "A" production. Mooney and director Gordon M. Douglas then reportedly went to San Quentin Penitentiary in San Rafael, CA to shoot mob scenes. By 1946 RKO standards, however, 66 minutes was a "B" production running time.