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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)
James Burke ...
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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Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El regreso del Santo  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Professional wrestler and football player Sammy Stein, who plays a hoodlum in this film, played a uniformed policeman in the previous entry in the series, "THe Saint's Double Trouble." See more »


Nella Walker plays Mrs. Lucy Fernack. Earlier in the series her first name was Betty. 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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Referenced in City for Conquest (1940) See more »

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Enjoyable entry in the Saint series
19 March 2004 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Excellent entry in the RKO Saint series with well-written original script, good camera work and transitions, good directing to handle some twists in the plot, good editing to keep the flow constant, and good acting. George Sanders is suave and witty. Jonathan Hale simply is Inspector Fernack. Paul Guilfoyle plays a mobster who goes straight (and drinks milk) because he cannot take the pressure. He will return in a later entry in the series. Story begins on an ocean liner headed to the U.S. where the Saint meets but cannot connect with Wendie Barrie. She eventually succumbs to the Saint's charms but she breaks his heart in the end. The Saint assists Inspector Fernack clear his name from a frame. A few bodies fall along the way. Good entertainment and above average for this type of film. Watch it.

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