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The Saint Takes Over (1940)

 -  Crime | Mystery  -  7 June 1940 (USA)
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Inspector Fernack is framed by a cartel of five gangsters and Simon does his best to prove it before all the conspirators are murdered by a mysterious killer.



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Complete credited cast:
Wendy Barrie ...
Ruth Summers
Jonathan Hale ...
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Morgan Conway ...
Sam Reese
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Leo Sloan
Cy Kendall ...
Max Bremer (as Cyrus W. Kendall)
James Burke ...
Patrolman Mike
Robert Middlemass ...
Captain Wade
Roland Drew ...
Albert 'Rocky' Weldon
Mrs. Lucy Fernack
Pierre Watkin ...
Ben Eagan


The Saint plays a "modern-day Robin Hood" in order to clear his friend, Henry Fernack, who was framed by mobsters. They run into a series of murders. Written by SM <>

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7 June 1940 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The fifth of nine classic RKO movies featuring Simon Templar, The Saint starring George Sanders. See more »


Nella Walker reprises her role from The Saint Strikes Back (1939) as John Henry Fernack's wife. In that film her forename is Betty, whilst here it is Lucy. See more »


Ruth Summers: What are you going to do?
Simon Templar: That, darling, is the big problem of the moment.
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Follows The Saint's Double Trouble (1940) See more »

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16 June 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Saint Takes Over, The (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fifth film in RKO's series has George Sanders once again returning as The Saint. This time out his buddy is accused of a crime he didn't commit and disgraced so The Saint comes back to America to clear his name. While all of this is going on, we have a female going around seeking vengeance for the death of her brother but that's not all because mobsters are tied into a robbery. I must admit upfront that I haven't been overly impressed with any of the films from the series that Sanders has appeared in. I think the original film in the series was good but the three sequels were all fair at best. I'd call this one of the best of the Sanders films but it really starts off quite boring as the film spends way too much time trying to set up its story instead of delivering the goods. The second half of the film really picks up and leads to a nice ending and I really wish the first half had moved as well as the second. The highlight of the film is a scene where The Saint and a couple other men are trying to scare a confession out of a man but of course things don't go as planned. Sanders also delivers the best performance I've seen from him in the series and it's backed by a good music score.

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