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The Saint Takes Over (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 7 June 1940 (USA)
Inspector Fernack is framed by a cartel of five gangsters and Simon does his best to prove it before all the conspirators are murdered by a mysterious killer.

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

Leslie Charteris (featuring "The Saint" created by), Lynn Root (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Simon Templar / The Saint
Wendy Barrie ... Ruth Summers
Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
Paul Guilfoyle ... Clarence 'Pearly' Gates
Morgan Conway ... Sam Reese
Robert Emmett Keane ... Leo Sloan
Cy Kendall ... Max Bremer (as Cyrus W. Kendall)
James Burke ... Patrolman Mike
Robert Middlemass ... Captain Wade
Roland Drew ... Albert 'Rocky' Weldon
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Lucy Fernack
Pierre Watkin ... Ben Eagan
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Storyline

The Saint plays a "modern-day Robin Hood" in order to clear his friend, Henry Fernack, who was framed by mobsters. They run into a series of murders. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Labeled for DEATH!

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso del Santo See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The police chief's memo pad, seen around 1:00:55, displays a calendar for the year 1940. See more »

Goofs

After The Saint tussles with the two guys trying to abduct Ruth by the cab, a clear shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the sidewalk by the mailbox. See more »

Quotes

Clarence 'Pearly' Gates: But I never squealed on anyone in my life.
Simon Templar: If you don't start now, you'll never have another chance.
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Connections

Followed by The Saint's Vacation (1941) See more »

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Nice little "B" mystery
17 May 2008 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This is a better-than-average entry in the Saint series - It holds your interest and, as mysteries should, keeps you guessing until the end and has several suspects to choose from.

Many films from the Golden Age are not for all tastes, especially younger viewers. They date themselves by clothing, cars, settings, etc. Who nowadays asks for a highball? Or wears a suit and tie everywhere? And the legal process was so much simpler - must have been a dearth of lawyers back then. Frankly, much of value is missing from those days.

In any case, go with it and enjoy. It's good - in an old-fashioned sense.


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