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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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Cast

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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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Saint Strikes Twice See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Features both of Dagwood Bumstead's bosses from the Blondie film series. Johnathan Hale was Mr Dithers, who was later replaced by Jerome Cowan as Mr Radcliffe. See more »

Goofs

The American Airlines DC-3 "Flagship Skysleeper" airplane that lands in "Fort Worth" is shown pulling away from the gate for departure. However, in subsequent shots, two different aircraft are used. In the long shot of it turning around at the end of the runway, it's not even a silver DC-3, and in the takeoff shot, it's a different AA DC-3 (note the missing "Flagship Skysleeper" emblem). See more »

Quotes

Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': The telephone is perhaps one of man's most important contributions to the scheme of things.
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Connections

Followed by The Saint in London (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Thro' the Rye
(uncredited)
Music traditional
Words by Robert Burns
Played and sung by the organ grinder
Sung by the organ grinder with modified lyrics
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Revenge is the name of the game
23 October 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

It's not too bad a b movie, with Sanders, Barrie, Hale, Cowen, Hamilton, Gargan, Fitzgerald and even Willie Best we could be either with Charlie Chan, Moto, the Falcon, Blackie, Holmes or the Saint etc. In other words you get the chance to spend another hour in the company of some old friends, from plain to urbane, murdering and being murdered - always a pleasure in my book.

Barrie's a hard-boiled dame out to avenge and clear her framed and dead father, a police detective by planning and carrying out with her coterie a string of underworld assassinations. Which would surely have had the opposite effect! Sanders joins in the fun simply by dancing in the right club in the right place in the right city at the right time with the right lighting falling on both him and the first killer (at the right time!) and killing him.

The story and acting's OK, the only gripe I've got is near the end with the hurried and almost laughable discovery of who the evil genius (Waldeman) was - did they almost forget about his relevance in the plot? That said, a solid entry in the series.


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