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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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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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Trivia

The first film in the series to utilize the whistled "Saint Theme". The composer is unknown, but is held to be either Templar's creator Leslie Charteris or RKO's Roy Webb. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Allan Breck: [after Simon kisses Val and is slapped by her] Mr. Templar!
Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': [to Val] I'm very sorry but under certain circumstances I simply can't resist the temptation to be a cad.
[Referring to Breck]
Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': I can see by this gentleman's manner that he's never kissed you but, uh, would like to.
Val Travers: Get out if here!
Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': As you get to know me better, you'll realize that I have moments of almost maudlin sentimentality. Actually we're quite bit alike. You could never live without adventure, and neither could I.
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Connections

Followed by The Saint's Girl Friday (1953) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party
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Jet Lagged
10 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

George Sanders made his debut as Leslie Charteris's international man of mystery Simon Templar, AKA The Saint in this film, The Saint Strikes Back. For all the rumors about his crooked ways Sanders is more often helping the local authorities than not, especially if it's doggedly honest Inspector Fernack of the NYPD homicide squad resolutely played as always by Jonanthan Hale.

One gets jet lagged now with the time zone changes and the jet air speeds with coast to coast flights. But Sanders had to have the worst case of it film history as he flies from San Francisco to New York after saving Wendy Barrie from being the object of a hit man. She's the daughter of a disgraced former NYPD detective who was accused of crookedness and took his own life. Now she's a West Coast wild child and thought to be in the rackets as well. Sanders then flies back bringing Hale in tow.

She's close to them however in her associates and it's up to the Saint to discover who's a San Francisco rackets boss and bring them to justice.

Sanders who in most films was the movie's biggest cad is a fine hero, a regular modern Robin Hood. Still people don't believe he's quite honest and he likes it that way.

If you like the books and the films, you'll enjoy this one.


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