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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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Wendy Barrie ...
Val Travers
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Jerome Cowan ...
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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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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The second of nine classic RKO movies featuring Simon Templar, The Saint - and the first of five features starring George Sanders in the title role. See more »

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Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': The telephone is perhaps one of man's most important contributions to the scheme of things.
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Followed by The Saint's Vacation (1941) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party
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Striking.
25 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"The Saint Strikes Back" (1939) is directed by a young John Farrow, who would not only go onto to make film noir classics like "The Big Clock" (1948), "Alias Nick Beal" (1949) and "Where Danger Lives" (1950), but he would win an Oscar for writing the screenplay for Michael Todd's multi-award winning "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1956). So, not only do you have a notable director at the beginning of his career here, but George Sanders in his first role as The Saint, eleven years away from getting the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "All About Eve" (1950). Also, there are quite a few familiar faces in the picture: Jerome Cowan, Barry Fitzgerald and Jonathan Hale, all of whom would be active in the motion picture business in the forthcoming decade. So, historically, quite an important film. But there's a lot more to it than just recognisable names. The photography, by Frank Redman, is striking, an impressively long shot at the very beginning of the movie in particular, is a cut above the rest. The acting too, is polished and professional.

On the other hand, the screenplay, written by John Twist, from Leslie Charteris's "She Was a Lady" (1931), credited in the film as "Angels of Doom", while it moves briskly along, is a tad confusing. For the life of me, I couldn't tell you who did what and why in this film. But this doesn't detract form the enjoyment, and in a perverse way, it enhances it. It's not the best of its kind, but this proto-noir is certainly worth a watch.


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