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The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 10 March 1939 (USA)
Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Francisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

John Twist (screenplay), Leslie Charteris (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Simon Templar aka The Saint
Wendy Barrie ... Val Travers
Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
Jerome Cowan ... Cullis
Barry Fitzgerald ... Zipper Dyson
Neil Hamilton ... Allan Breck
Robert Elliott ... Chief Inspector Webster
Russell Hopton ... Harry Donnell
Edward Gargan ... Pinky Budd
Robert Strange ... Police Commisioner
Gilbert Emery ... Martin Eastman
James Burke ... Headquarters Police Officer
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Betty Fernack
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Storyline

A disgraced policeman's daughter in San Francisco is busy acquiring a name for herself as a crime boss in her own right. But when Simon Templar helps her get away after a shooting in a night-club and subsequently chooses to bring down his old acquaintance Inspector Fernack from New York, the question as to who is on which side of the law becomes increasingly confused -- especially when the vital evidence, in the shape of eighty thousand stolen dollars, spends most of the film in the Saint's pocket! Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Trivia

The first film in the series to utilize the whistled "Saint Theme". The composer is unknown, but is held to be either Templar's creator Leslie Charteris or RKO's Roy Webb. See more »

Goofs

The airport at "Fort Worth" as indicated in this film, does not have towering hills as shown in the background. In reality, it's basically flat terrain as far as the eye can see. See more »

Quotes

Allan Breck: [after Simon kisses Val and is slapped by her] Mr. Templar!
Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': [to Val] I'm very sorry but under certain circumstances I simply can't resist the temptation to be a cad.
[Referring to Breck]
Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': I can see by this gentleman's manner that he's never kissed you but, uh, would like to.
Val Travers: Get out if here!
Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': As you get to know me better, you'll realize that I have moments of almost maudlin sentimentality. Actually we're quite bit alike. You could never live without adventure, and neither could I.
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Connections

Followed by The Saint Takes Over (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party
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The Snide Saint
23 July 2001 | by scorpio-xSee all my reviews

George Sanders makes his first appearance as the Saint in this film and all I can think is: "Hey, It's Addison DeWitt, private eye!" Because this Saint is nothing but snide, more prone to shoot off a cutting remark than a gun. Did Sanders ever make a movie where you didn't get the feeling he was slumming? Where you didn't get the feeling it pained him to be surrounded by such fools? (Making one wonder, then, why the hell he married Zsa Zsa Gabor.) Playing opposite as the romantic interest is Wendy Barrie, who comes off as more hard-boiled than a two-hour egg. Then, of course, Barrie was a pretty tough broad, having been Bugsy Siegel's girl before Virginia "I'll put my mouth where the money is!" Hill came along. This was also the first of Barrie's three appearances in the Saint series, although she played a different character each time.

But what of the film itself? Well, there's not much to say--the plot is confusing the minor characters difficult to tell apart and the visuals not particularly interesting. The real enjoyment in this picture comes from Sander's deadly wit and Barrie's remarkable aura of toughness.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Saint Strikes Twice See more »

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

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1.37 : 1
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