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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 »


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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

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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

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 »

Goofs

The speed at which the Saint writes notes bears no relationship to the measured writing on the actual pieces of paper. This is especially noticeable when he scribbles on the top of The Philadelphia Post newspaper with a pencil, whilst the newspaper is unsupported. The next shot shows the paper is perfectly flat on a stable background and the message he writes is neat and even. Although the Saint ends the message, the following shot shows him still finishing writing as he tears off the strip of paper to hand to the paperboy. See more »

Quotes

Simon Templar aka The Saint: I didn't kill that man, Henry.
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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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Followed by The Saint in Palm Springs (1941) See more »

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Awful script, at least viewed as a stand-alone film
19 January 2005 | by BrandtSponsellerSee all my reviews

Simon Templar (George Sanders), known as "The Saint", whom everyone believed to be in Egypt, suddenly turns up back in Philadelphia, at the home of his friend, Professor Bitts (Thomas W. Ross). Although the reasons aren't given in the film, apparently there is some disagreement over Simon's moral character. When bodies start turning up with incriminating evidence pointing to The Saint, the police try to track him down. However, it turns out that there is more to the story than meets the eye.

I probably shouldn't be reviewing this film until I watch it again (if I do), but I'll just revise my review then if appropriate. As it stands, I have to give this film a generous 4 out of 10.

While The Saint's Double Trouble has promise--nice black and white photography, some good performances (especially by Sanders and Jonathan Hale as inspector Fernack), one of my favorite actors/character actors, Bela Lugosi, has an odd part in it, and the story seems like it should be interesting--the script was a disaster. Part of the problem may have been that this is apparently an entry in a long-running series, and there's no way it's going to make sense out of the context of the series. I haven't seen any of the other films yet, so I have to review this one in isolation.

The script ends up being largely loose threads. Important parts of the backstory are neither shown nor explained. There is a mummy (the presence of which got me very interested in the beginning) that ends up being meaningless to the plot (the little use it had could have been much more easily accomplished by another means). At one point, half of a knife makes an appearance as a token of a mystery, but it is never mentioned again. Characters completely drop out of the film.

Worst of all, the plot hinges on the appearance of Boss Duke Bates, a look-alike for Simon Templar, also played by George Sanders. As can be expected, there are a number of points that rest on confused identities (that's the bulk of the film, actually). The problem is that by the end, I was also so confused that I had no idea which appearance of George Sanders was supposed to be which character, and confusion on this didn't seem to be the point of the conclusion.

Again, maybe this is a fine chapter in a longer story when viewed with the other Saint films, in order. But to start here, I can't recommend The Saint's Double Trouble. It doesn't work as a stand-alone film.


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