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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fifth of nine classic RKO movies featuring Simon Templar, The Saint starring George Sanders. See more »

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Nella Walker reprises her role from The Saint Strikes Back as John Henry Fernack's wife. In that film her forename is Betty, whilst here it is Lucy. 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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Follows The Saint's Double Trouble (1940) See more »

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The helping saint
26 May 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When Inspector Fernack (Jonathan Hale) is framed, Simon Templar comes to America to help out not before meeting a beautiful damsel on the ship who is being cheated in a game of cards but their paths will cross again soon.

Fernack cannot explain how thousands and thousands of dollars were found in his safe. The Saint reckons a group of mobsters involved a race fixing ring are involved. However more bodies show up and they all point to Fernack as the murderer.

This is a more enjoyable B film simply because there is a nicer and more involved plot, a few red herrings and a milk drinking character called Pearly Gates who decides to turn his back on the mobsters and join up with the Saint.


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