Down in San Diego

Down in San Diego is a 1941 American adventure film directed by Robert B. Sinclair and written by Franz Schulz and Harry Clork. The black-and-white movie was filmed in San Diego and stars Bonita Granville, Ray McDonald, Dan Dailey, Leo Gorcey, Henry O'Neill and Stanley Clements.[1][2] The film was released on July 30, 1941, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Down in San Diego
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert B. Sinclair
Produced byFrederick Stephani
Screenplay byFranz Schulz
Harry Clork
Story byFranz Schulz
StarringBonita Granville
Ray McDonald
Dan Dailey
Leo Gorcey
Henry O'Neill
Stanley Clements
Music byDavid Snell
CinematographyPaul Vogel
Edited byBen Lewis
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 30, 1941 (1941-07-30)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


Hank Parker is turned down by the U.S. Marine Corps for being too young, but his girlfriend Betty's older brother Al Haines is not. Al, however, is blackmailed by former criminal associates, framed for the murder of a man named Matt Herman if he refuses to spy for the crooks, who will sell the information to American enemies for a profit.

Al agrees and goes to San Diego to begin his military service. Hank, Betty and friends follow, trailing clues that could help clear Al's good name. They end up in the clutches of gangsters who take them hostage.

Al discloses to superior officer Col. Halliday that the criminals want him to steal a Navy boat on the Germans' behalf. Halliday has him go through with it, then attacks the Germans when they attempt to take the vessel. Al is killed in a heroic effort. He is praised by Halliday, who also feels Hank might be mature enough to enlist after all.



  1. "Down in San Diego (1941) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. "Down In San Diego". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
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