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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Simon Templar / The Saint
... Ruth Summers
... Inspector Henry Fernack
... Clarence 'Pearly' Gates
... Sam Reese
... Leo Sloan
... Max Bremer (as Cyrus W. Kendall)
... Patrolman Mike
... Captain Wade
... Albert 'Rocky' Weldon
... Mrs. Lucy Fernack
... Ben Eagan
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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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Crime | Mystery

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This was the first movie in "The Saint" series not based on a story by Leslie Charteris. See more »

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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 »

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Simon Templar: Rocky is still at his night club.
Inspector Henry Fernack: Now, wait a minute, Simon. Why can't I go to a nightclub? I'll not be party to any rough stuff.
Simon Templar: [Dismissively] You toddle off to bed like a good boy. These denizens of iniquity are no place for a respectable married man. I'll just drift into Rocky's gin palace and see what's going on.
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Another breezy formula entry in "The Saint" series...
17 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

GEORGE SANDERS is his usual suave self as the smoothly capable man who falls for WENDY BARRIE aboard a cruise ship, but is unable to really connect with her until he finds out the truth about her while he tries to clear Inspector Fernack (JOHNATHAN HALE) of a murder charge in New York City.

It's a typical "Saint" story with a predictable wrap-up that has the sinners paying for their crimes. It's a neat B-film entry that benefits from good performances from the cast and some appropriately menacing background music by Roy Webb.

Jonathan Hale does a good job of playing the police inspector suspected of several murders and unable to clear himself of the charges until The Saint steps in to help. The story concludes with a downbeat ending that may leave some fans disappointed, but most of the story is done in breezy style with Sanders delivering all of his lines with his usual flair.


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