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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!

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Saint movie to use the ubiquitous Saint caricature during the main titles. 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 »

Quotes

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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Enjoyable entry in the Saint series
19 March 2004 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Excellent entry in the RKO Saint series with well-written original script, good camera work and transitions, good directing to handle some twists in the plot, good editing to keep the flow constant, and good acting. George Sanders is suave and witty. Jonathan Hale simply is Inspector Fernack. Paul Guilfoyle plays a mobster who goes straight (and drinks milk) because he cannot take the pressure. He will return in a later entry in the series. Story begins on an ocean liner headed to the U.S. where the Saint meets but cannot connect with Wendie Barrie. She eventually succumbs to the Saint's charms but she breaks his heart in the end. The Saint assists Inspector Fernack clear his name from a frame. A few bodies fall along the way. Good entertainment and above average for this type of film. Watch it.


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