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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.

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Master criminal meets his match! All-new thrills on the double-quick as he tricks slick sleuths. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szentek dupla balhéja See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

Company Credits

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

Filmed November-late December 1939. Bela Lugosi completed this feature after "Ninotchka," and before "Black Friday." See more »

Goofs

The original logo at the beginning of the film was the commonly seen post-1936 "RKO Radio Pictures" style, but was apparently missing from the material provided for the TCM version, and an inappropriate pre-1936 "Radio Pictures" style logo was lifted off some much earlier film, and used instead. See more »

Quotes

Policeman: [after he's shot "The Boss"] Shall I call an ambulance?
Inspector Henry Fernack: Better make it a hearse.
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Connections

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

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The Telltale Scar
24 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

George Sanders, in fact two George Sanders, arrive in the City of Brotherly Love to investigate a nice little diamond smuggling racket. But what a place to smuggle diamonds, in the sarcophagus of a long dead Egyptian mummy. What interests Simon Templar however is the fact that the head of the racket is a dead ringer for him and also played by George Sanders. He might well be responsible for the unsavory reputation the Saint has in some quarters.

Jonathan Hale as Inspector Fernack is in from New York and as the most authoritative expert on the activities of Simon Templar is drafted by the Philadelphia police in the person of Donald MacBride. In fact Fernack knows of a telltale scar on the wrist of the real Templar and can tell them apart. That fact proves most handy.

Bela Lugosi has an inexplicably small role as 'the partner' in the smuggling activities. I'm betting the editors at RKO probably left a lot of Lugosi on the cutting room floor. The film would have been better had Lugosi been left in.

As it is it's an OK B programmer and a plus for fans of Leslie Charteris's modern Robin Hood.


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