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Santiago (1956)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Romance | 13 July 1956 (USA)
A gun runner, dishonorably discharged from the military, is swept deeper into a revolution in Cuba when he crosses paths with an enemy from the past and a beautiful revolutionary and her son.


Gordon Douglas


Martin Rackin (novel), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Alan Ladd ... Caleb 'Cash' Adams
Rossana Podestà ... Doña Isabella
Lloyd Nolan ... Clay Pike
Chill Wills ... Captain 'Sidewheel' Jones
Paul Fix ... Trasker
L.Q. Jones ... Digger
Frank DeKova ... Jingo
George J. Lewis ... Pablo
Royal Dano ... Lobo
Don Blackman Don Blackman ... Sam
Francisco Ruiz Francisco Ruiz ... Juanito
Clegg Hoyt Clegg Hoyt ... Dutch
Ernest Sarracino ... José Marti
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A gun runner, dishonorably discharged from the military, is swept deeper into a revolution in Cuba when he crosses paths with an enemy from the past and a beautiful revolutionary and her son.

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GUN RUNNERS IN THE JUNGLE-OF-NO RETURN! (original print ad - all caps)


Adventure | Romance


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Did You Know?


After Lloyd Nolan's character enters Rossana Podestà's cabin you briefly see Alan Ladd approaching from outside. His body is glistening as though wet still from the swim back to the ship, but when he enters the cabin he's clearly dry. See more »


Juanito: Viva Cuba! We are here, yes?
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Referenced in Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013) See more »

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Cuban Rebel Girl and her two Americans
19 April 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Santiago was one of those routine action adventure programmers that Alan Ladd's agent Sue Carol insisted on casting him instead of letting him gradually transition to character roles. But when you're married to the agent and as agreeable a fellow as Ladd apparently was during his life you can't turn your agent down so easily.

This is one of the few American made films that deals with the Cuban rebellion as opposed to the Spanish-American War, not that there are that many that deal with it. The setting is Cuba in 1895 and the island which did not choose to participate in the general revolt against colonial Spain is finally getting tired of being a colony.

The plot concerns two American gun runners, Alan Ladd and Lloyd Nolan who hate each other both looking to sell guns to the Cuban rebels for cash on the barrel-head. To collect they have to go to Cuba with the delivery.

Along for the ride is Rosanna Podesta who is a Cuban patriot and both men are interested in her, Nolan quite cynical and open about it. It all doesn't make for a pleasant voyage to Cuba aboard Captain Chill Wills's old Mississippi steamboat used for transportation.

When they're on Lloyd Nolan and Chill Wills dominate the film. Nolan who never gave a bad performance on the big or small screen is a really thoroughly rotten human being. Ladd and he have quite a bit of history between them and Ladd has excellent reason to hate his guts.

No player on the planet was ever safe from Chill Wills's scene stealing antics especially as he got older and honed that particular aspect of his craft to perfection. Wills understudied Humphrey Bogart from The African Queen on how to pilot this drunken riverboat captain through the film. In a better film the Academy might have noticed this character.

Lots of action comes hard and fast in Santiago. The film is nicely paced and should appeal to fans of that genre and of the players involved.

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Release Date:

13 July 1956 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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