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The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Zipper Dyson
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Harry Donnell
Pinky Budd
Martin Eastman
Headquarters Police Officer


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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Release Date:

10 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Saint Strikes Twice  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The address The Saint gives Inspector Fernack as to where he should go for breakfast and get his clothes back the next day - 823 Pacific Avenue in San Francisco - is in the middle of the Chinatown district. See more »


The American Airlines DC-3 "Flagship Skysleeper" airplane that lands in "Fort Worth" is shown pulling away from the gate for departure. However, in subsequent shots, two different aircraft are used. In the long shot of it turning around at the end of the runway, it's not even a silver DC-3, and in the takeoff shot, it's a different AA DC-3 (note the missing "Flagship Skysleeper" emblem). See more »


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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Auld Lang Syne
Music traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party
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Revenge is the name of the game
23 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

It's not too bad a b movie, with Sanders, Barrie, Hale, Cowen, Hamilton, Gargan, Fitzgerald and even Willie Best we could be either with Charlie Chan, Moto, the Falcon, Blackie, Holmes or the Saint etc. In other words you get the chance to spend another hour in the company of some old friends, from plain to urbane, murdering and being murdered - always a pleasure in my book.

Barrie's a hard-boiled dame out to avenge and clear her framed and dead father, a police detective by planning and carrying out with her coterie a string of underworld assassinations. Which would surely have had the opposite effect! Sanders joins in the fun simply by dancing in the right club in the right place in the right city at the right time with the right lighting falling on both him and the first killer (at the right time!) and killing him.

The story and acting's OK, the only gripe I've got is near the end with the hurried and almost laughable discovery of who the evil genius (Waldeman) was - did they almost forget about his relevance in the plot? That said, a solid entry in the series.

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