Fernack tries to get Simon arrested as he returns home from a Transatlantic European vacation in order to help old friend and World War I hero Peter Johnson travel safely to Palm Springs in order to deliver $200,000, which has been converted into three rare stamps, to his daughter. While Simon is protecting him in New York, Johnson is murdered in his own apartment, but the killer is unable to get the stamps. The Saint brings them himself to the resort but is assaulted by a gang of foreign agents who steal the stamps. Johnson's beautiful daughter Elna doesn't believe Simon's story but gives him 24 hours to get them back before reporting him to the California authorities. Along with old friend Pearly Gates, a reformed pickpocket turned hotel house detective, they sift through many red herrings to uncover the stamps and the murderer. Written by
The Latin and chemical name for a "Mickey Finn" is given in this script as "fulminor curare," obviously an invention for humorous effect. Translated to English, fulminor curare approximates "(to) ensure lightning." The usual compound, but in high-strength doses, used as a knock-out drug was chloral hydrate, ordinarily a sedative. The term is derived from Michael "Mickey" Finn, an early 19th century salon manager who doped drinks to relieve patrons of their cash. See more »
When Simon sends the note to meet him by the big Joshua tree, it's a physical impossibility.
Palm Springs is in the Sonoran Desert of So Cal and Joshua Trees are only found in the Mojave Desert. See more »
[to the arrested murderer]
Where would you prefer to be executed? Sing Sing or San Quentin?
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The formula is wearing pretty thin in this entry...
The premise here is very straightforward but faulty. Who would entrust as bodyguard a man ("The Saint") who appoints himself guardian of the valuable stamps but fails within minutes of being designated the caretaker, by allowing the owner to leave his sight and enter a room to retrieve the valuable stamps (worth $200,000) from a vault. What kind of bodyguard is that? Naturally, an open window nearby allows the wealthy man to be shot...or does this only happen in the movies? It allowed this viewer to stay one step ahead of the script.
The Saint's mission is to get the stamps to the man's daughter (WENDY BARRIE) in Palm Springs. This he manages to do, but only after several confrontations with a devious woman who tries to set a trap for Barrie, and the bungling attempts of Pearly Gates (PAUL GUILFOYLE) to help The Saint accomplish his mission.
WENDY BARRIE is pleasant as the female interest. The rear screen projection used for the horseback riding scenes in the desert is painfully obvious for the outdoor shots. Otherwise, production values are standard for a B-film of this sort but this is a bland entry in "The Saint" series with little novelty to make it worthwhile.
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