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The Saint in New York (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 3 June 1938 (USA)
Simon Templar, the Saint, is brought to New York. His search for the identity of "the Big Fellow" takes him through many dangerous situations.

Director:

Ben Holmes

Writers:

Charles Kaufman (screenplay), Mortimer Offner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Louis Hayward ... Simon Templar, aka The Saint
Kay Sutton ... Fay Edwards
Sig Ruman ... Hutch Rellin (as Sig Rumann)
Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
Jack Carson ... Red Jenks
Paul Guilfoyle ... Hymie Fanro
Frederick Burton ... William Valcross
Ben Welden ... Boots Papinoff
Charles Halton ... Vincent Nather
Cliff Bragdon Cliff Bragdon ... Sebastian Lipke
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Simon Templar, the Saint, is brought to New York. His search for the identity of "the Big Fellow" takes him through many dangerous situations. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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The Man whose Daring Deeds made daily Headlines in His One Man War on Crime! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szentek New Yorkban See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of nine classic RKO movies featuring Simon Templar, The Saint. See more »

Goofs

When Inspector Fernack leaves the meeting with Nather, he opens a previously locked door without bothering to unlock it. See more »

Quotes

Simon Templar, aka The Saint: [to Hutch Rellin upon learning that Rellin's gang had kidnaped young heiress Violet Throckmorton] "You'd think someone with the name 'Violet Throckmorton' would have enough trouble in life without you adding to it."
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Alternate Versions

Possibly for local censorship reasons some theatrical prints delete the brief scene revealing that the nun at the scene of the first of the Saint's killings was the Saint. Rather than a straight cut, it dissolves from the bystanders crowding round the body to the Saint's conversation after he has divested himself of the nun's habit. See more »

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Followed by The Saint in Palm Springs (1941) See more »

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An Un-saintly Saint
11 August 2009 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Hayward does cut a dashing figure with an easy smile, a penchant for poetical one-liners, and a snap-brim fedora. His version of the Saint is also more interesting than the standard sleuth of the period since he's not above breaking the law when it serves justice or following his own code of integrity. Too bad this kind of character complexity didn't survive the many sequels.

The story itself is pretty routine: cleaning up the city by getting the mysterious Big Fellow. Not much excitement or suspense as the one-man-army sort of bounces back and forth between bad guys, snapping off occasional nifty one-liners. Then there's the sexy Kay Sutton to ease the eyes after all the ugly bad guys. And though her delivery sometimes sounds a flat note, she and Hayward manage to make their boilerplate romance surprisingly wistful.

Anyway, I've got to say this about someone, and I think it's director Ben Holmes. How many of these programmers have you seen where somebody gets shot in one scene, yet turns up miraculously made whole in the next. Not here. The Saint gets wounded in one scene and, by golly, he favors that shoulder for the rest of the film. So an unofficial Oscar for Attention to Neglected Detail to Ben Holmes by default since such matters are usually the job of the director. Then too, on a slightly different note, I hope cable comes up with Holmes' intriguingly titled Cutie on Duty (1943) sometime real soon.


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