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The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  10 March 1939 (USA)
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Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Fransisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

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Cullis
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Zipper Dyson
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Allan Breck
Robert Elliott ...
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Pinky Budd
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Martin Eastman
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Mrs. Betty Fernack
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A disgraced policeman's daughter in San Francisco is busy acquiring a name for herself as a crime boss in her own right. But when Simon Templar helps her get away after a shooting in a night-club and subsequently chooses to bring down his old acquaintance Inspector Fernack from New York, the question as to who is on which side of the law becomes increasingly confused -- especially when the vital evidence, in the shape of eighty thousand stolen dollars, spends most of the film in the Saint's pocket! Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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The Saint Strikes Twice  »

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Although Fernack's name is Eastern Eurpean, Jonathan Hale plays the role with an off-and-on Irish brogue. See more »

Quotes

Cullis: [Referring to Simon] That fellow is notorious. You can't be serious.
Police Commisioner: He proved his worth in New York. Gentlemen, sometimes where there's gangrene, a red-hot iron is the best cure.
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Followed by The Saint's Girl Friday (1953) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Music traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party
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Average B movie
5 January 2004 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is not George Sanders' best "Saint" movie by any stretch("The Saint in London" gets that honor). Instead we get an average low-budget mystery movie that has very few surprises. George Sanders is introduced to us as Simon Templar in this movie. Sanders plays him as a suave, urbane and sophisticated hero, rarely caught off guard("not the man who knows everything, just the man who knows the important things"). Unfortunately the script in this production lets him down. Not only is it less than engaging, it also tends to be needlessly confusing. Wendy Barrie plays the female lead(as she did in two other Sanders-Saint films)but she is much too stiff. I don't have a problem with her playing the character as a tough-as-nails femme-fatale but I think Barrie overdoes it and the result is that her character loses credibility. Neil Hamilton (commissioner Gordon on TV's Batman) plays one of Barrie's associates in crime like some kind of effeminate twit. This undermines what should be a strong bond between him and Barrie. The "surprise" ending is very, very weak and anyone who has not guessed it well in advance has obviously not been paying attention throughout.

There is one great sequence that almost makes the film worth seeing. It occurs when Inspector Fernack(Jonathan Hale) has a bout of indigestion and hallucinates about Lobsters riding trucks(!!). Salvator Dali eat your heart out.

Above mentioned sequence and Sanders are the only reasons to bother with this one (unless you want to see Wendy Barrie chewing on the scenery). I give it 5 lobsters out of 10.


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