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The Saint's Double Trouble (1940)

An enigmatic gang leader known as "The Boss," who is a dead-ringer for Simon, puts "The Saint" under suspicion of murder.


Jack Hively


Ben Holmes (screenplay), Leslie Charteris (from the story by)




Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Simon Templar aka The Saint / 'Boss' Duke Bates
Helene Reynolds ... Anne Bitts (as Helene Whitney)
Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
Bela Lugosi ... The Partner
Donald MacBride ... John Bohlen
John F. Hamilton John F. Hamilton ... Limpy
Thomas W. Ross ... Professor Horatio Bitts
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Monk


Simon has arranged to send a rare mummy of a pharaoh from Cairo to Phildelphia to his good friend, Keystone University archeology professor Horatio Bitts, whose beautiful daughter does not escape The Saint's attention. Ruthless gang leader Duke Bates, known as "The Boss," is a dead ringer for Simon and a notorious jewel smuggler who uses the mummy to disguise a cache of illegal diamonds. After Bates murders a shady jewel cutter and the professor, Simon finds himself under suspicion... even by his old friend, Inspector Fernack. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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At the beginning of the film, when Partner (Lugosi) ships the coffin-shaped wooden box, he is charged £4 and 6s. That would equate to about $264.00 in 2015. See more »


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Simon Templar aka The Saint: I didn't kill that man, Henry.
Inspector Henry Fernack: I know you didn't, but you're involved in it, and I'd like to put the cuffs on yuh.
Simon Templar aka The Saint: Listen, give me 48 hours, and I'll clear up the whole matter for you.
Inspector Henry Fernack: I wouldn't give you 48 minutes. If I had my gun for 48 seconds, I'd turn you in.
Simon Templar aka The Saint: You would?
Inspector Henry Fernack: Yes.
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"Long live the Saint"
6 February 2005 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Snappy mystery with perhaps a far-fetched premise but George Sanders at his suave and wry best. George Sanders is ahead of the police all of the way and he again manipulates them into succeeded despite their best efforts. The Saint, remarks Professor Horatio Bitts, "has never been convicted of a crime, has he?" OK, perhaps it is a bit much that we all have a double that so resembles us that even our most close confidants would not recognize us. OK, so from time to time it is difficult to tell on a black on white screen whether George is playing the Saint or his look-alike jewel thief "Boss Duke Bates." OK, so what does the "ST" ring really have to do with anything and which character had it in his possession? But consider that in this entry into the series, we have George Sanders cross-dressing and leaping fearlessly on the back of moving vehicles from which he is poised to save a damsel in distress! Not the greatest film, but certainly not the worst of the Saint lot if you include the group done with Sanders brother. The Saint's Double Trouble is better than most of the one hour produced for TV mysteries that we are subjected to today. Jonathan Hale is perfect as Inspector Fernack and Donald MacBride does yeoman service as the Philadelphia police chief of detectives. Bela Lugosi must have needed the work. One of two of Helene Whitney's credited films. Her most memorable line is the closing line of the film: "Long live the Saint."

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Release Date:

26 January 1940 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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