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


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Professor Bitts works at Philadelphia's Keystone University. See more »


When a bullet is shot through the side of the speedboat carrying Templar, the depth of the hole from the inside angle close-ups is nowhere as low as it would have to be near the waterline to take on water as obvious from the medium shots of the outside of the boat. See more »


Simon Templar aka The Saint: [as "The Boss' to his gang] I've decided he looks a little too much like me to have us both around at the same time.
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Followed by The Saint's Vacation (1941) See more »

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"I think the boss is sufferin' from hallelujah fascinations."
27 June 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Fourth film in the Saint series from RKO has George Sanders playing dual roles: Simon Templar and his evil doppelganger, Duke! The Saint has 48 hours to prove it was Duke and not he that committed a murder. Guess what? He'll only need 47. This is a good entry in the series with Sanders having fun playing bad. It's very amusing to hear him say things like "You mugs," even if he makes little effort to hide his accent. Bela Lugosi is also in this but, unfortunately, he's not given much to do. He's just an associate of the evil double. Still it's cool seeing Lugosi playing in a non-horror role with an actor you don't normally see him with. Pretty Helene Reynolds is the obligatory would-be love interest. The camera is in love with her. After being absent in the last film, Jonathan Hale returns as the likable police inspector frenemy of the Saint. The rest of the cast includes Donald MacBride, Byron Foulger, Thomas W. Ross, John F. Hamilton, and Elliott Sullivan. Those last two play the evil double's henchman. They have some funny lines.

An enjoyable movie, mostly due to Sanders. The story isn't much to get excited about. It's never really explained why Saint has a double or what led Duke to know about him in the first place. Also, the Saint not seeming upset about the killing of the kindly old man who was a friend of his didn't sit right with me. Oh, and how cool is it that apparently back in the old days a guy could mail a mummy to another guy halfway around the world. And we think we have progress!

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Release Date:

26 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szentek dupla balhéja See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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