Simon has arranged to send a rare mummy of a pharaoh from Cairo to Phildelphia to his good friend, Keystone University archeology professor Horatio Bitts, whose beautiful daughter does not escape The Saint's attention. Ruthless gang leader Duke Bates, known as "The Boss," is a dead ringer for Simon and a notorious jewel smuggler who uses the mummy to disguise a cache of illegal diamonds. After Bates murders a shady jewel cutter and the professor, Simon finds himself under suspicion... even by his old friend, Inspector Fernack. Written by
Professor Bitts works at Philadelphia's Keystone University. See more »
The mummy's coffin that is shipped from Cairo is obviously different than the one that arrives at Professor Bitts' home. The writing on the coffin that arrives at Professor Bitts' home is neater, the "Paid" stamps are in different locations and the twine around the coffin is in a different location. See more »
There's a dead ringer for Simon Templar operating as a crime kingpin in Philadelphia and he's started leaving the Saint's calling card at crime scenes. Will the real Simon Templar please come investigate?
Meanwhile, the Saint's old friend Inspector Fernack (Jonathan Hale) is on vacation inyou guessed itPhiladelphia. He stops at the department to visit old friend Deputy Chief Bohlen (Donald MacBride)and tags along with him on a murder case that turns up the Saint's calling card. Fernack is on the job.
George Sanders pulls double duty as both Simon Templar and his counterpart, "The Boss" of Philadelphia crime, in this far-fetched but entertaining mystery. The hero's look-alike, and a single actor playing both roles, is not an especially unique idea; and this particular version of that old plot doesn't offer any special twists or turns. Basically, the Saint encounters mistaken identity, sets out to clear his name, runs into danger .
Sanders is, of course, very good. Hale is also fine as Inspector Fernack, and the picture's best scenes are mostly those between Sanders and Hale, as once again outward gruffness partly veils their mutual respect and admiration.
Bela Lugosi is a henchman with a thick accent; somewhat disappointingly, his role here is rather bland and Lugosi becomes just another actor. Helene Whitney is fine as an old flame of Simon's whose professor father is unwittingly drawn into the bad guys' plot; again, her performance is good but the role is rather predictable.
A rather slow middle section is redeemed by an exciting final third, culminating in a neat and clever resolution . Overall: nothing exceptional but smoothly produced and certainly easy to take, especially for fans of the Saint or Sanders or B mysteries in general.
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