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The Saint Takes Over (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 7 June 1940 (USA)
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:
Sam Reese
Leo Sloan
Max Bremer (as Cyrus W. Kendall)
Patrolman Mike
Robert Middlemass ...
Captain Wade
Albert 'Rocky' Weldon
Mrs. Lucy Fernack
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 <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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7 June 1940 (USA)  »

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El regreso del Santo  »

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(RCA Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first movie in "The Saint" series not based on a story by Leslie Charteris. See more »


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


Simon Templar: What have you got there?
[Reading newspaper story]
Simon Templar: New York Police Inspector cries "Foul!" Etc., etc. John Henry Fernack of the Homicide Bureau unable to explain the source of $50,000 found in his safe
[Simon smiles slightly]
Simon Templar: ... so and so forth.
Ruth Summers: Could have said he won it on a horse or roulette or something.
Simon Templar: Fernack is much too honest for that.
Ruth Summers: ...or too stupid.
Simon Templar: Well, let's drink to him anyway. Seems to me he'll need more than that. Maybe he needs a guardian angel.
Ruth Summers: Or a patron saint.
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Followed by The Saint's Girl Friday (1953) See more »

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Solid and lively entry in the series that will please fans
13 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Simon Templar (aka The Saint) decides to go and help when he reads that acquaintance Inspector Henry Fernack has been dropped from the police force for not being able to explain the thousands and thousands of dollars that had been found in his safe. He starts to investigate the suspicion that Fernack was actually set-up by a group of mobsters, eager to get him off their backs in regards a race fixing ring they have going. The more Templar pushes to help his friend though, the more the bodies start to pile up – ironically mostly pointing to Fernack as the murderer.

After getting a couple of episodes out under Sanders' control, the Saint series started to make me forget that I had enjoyed the original portrayal by Hayward a lot more than the later films. As a result I enjoyed this Saint film more than I had the last couple I'd watched. It may have also helped that the plot was an original tale (as opposed to an adaptation from Charteris' novels) and that it involved a lot more murders and mystery than other films. This isn't to say that it is brilliant because it is still very much fitting with the b-movie serial feel that the series generally had although it had enough movement to it to keep me watching.

Sanders is quite enjoyable and the tone of the series seems to have mellowed to better suit his cool, smooth delivery and style – which is a shame in my opinion but I'll try not to bang on about it. He leads the film nicely although he does tend to suck the urgency and tension out of the story by being so laid back all the time. Support from regulars Hale and Barrie is good along with some nice touches from Guilfoyle and a few others.

Overall this is an enjoyable and quite lively entry in the series that will please fans of The Saint and The Falcon. Nothing special and it never aspires to be more than the next episode in a b-movie serial but it is still OK if you meet it at that level.

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