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The Saint in Palm Springs (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 January 1941 (USA)
Inspector Fernack asks Simon to watch over an old friend who's carrying $200,000 worth of postage stamps, but the friend is killed, and the stamps stolen.

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

Jerome Cady (screen play) (as Jerry Cady), Leslie Charteris (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Simon Templar / The Saint
Wendy Barrie ... Elna Johnson
Paul Guilfoyle ... Clarence 'Pearly' Gates
Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
Linda Hayes ... Margaret Forbes
Ferris Taylor ... Mr. Evans
Harry Shannon ... Police Chief R.L. Graves
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Detective Barker
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Storyline

Fernack tries to get Simon arrested as he returns home from a Transatlantic European vacation in order to help old friend and World War I hero Peter Johnson travel safely to Palm Springs in order to deliver $200,000, which has been converted into three rare stamps, to his daughter. While Simon is protecting him in New York, Johnson is murdered in his own apartment, but the killer is unable to get the stamps. The Saint brings them himself to the resort but is assaulted by a gang of foreign agents who steal the stamps. Johnson's beautiful daughter Elna doesn't believe Simon's story but gives him 24 hours to get them back before reporting him to the California authorities. Along with old friend Pearly Gates, a reformed pickpocket turned hotel house detective, they sift through many red herrings to uncover the stamps and the murderer. Written by duke1029@aol

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szentek Palm Springsben See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The British Guyana stamps are among the first ever made. The 1 cent Guyanas are usually blue, but there was one sheet printed in yellow by mistake. The sole surviving stamp from that sheet is the most valuable stamp in the world. The stamps shown in the film are 1c cent Guyanas worth a lot of money, honey. See more »

Goofs

When the Saint enters Inspector Fernack's office from the bathroom, the Saint's shirt collar is partially folded over. He then puts on his tie, turns down the collar and asks Fernack to tie his tie. In the next shot, the collar is again only partially turned down as Fernack ties the tie. The collar is then totally turned down when he puts on his jacket. See more »

Quotes

Simon Templar: [to the arrested murderer] Where would you prefer to be executed? Sing Sing or San Quentin?
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Connections

Follows The Saint's Double Trouble (1940) See more »

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Missing stamps and suspicious characters
21 December 1998 | by ADAM-53See all my reviews

George Sanders has often been quoted as calling the Saint and Falcon films the "nadir" of his career. Looking at "The Saint's Double Trouble" it is easy to see why he felt that way (badly scripted, poor supporting cast, etc, etc) but his four other Saint entries, at least, are well up to scratch. If this one is a little slack in the chase and gun play departments, never mind. It is an old-fashioned "whodunnit" and Sanders and Paul Guilfoyle (as Pearly Gates, a series regular) seem to enjoy themselves in this tale of missing stamps (worth a fortune) and suspicious characters at a luxury Palm Springs hotel. The plot may bear absolutely no resemblance to Leslie Charteris's short story, but never mind; it is a pleasant little cocktail with which to waste an hour or so. By the way, you're guaranteed not to guess whodunnit, although the chief suspects are shown quite often. No one except Sanders would think of this amiable film as a career low-point; it's a pity he didn't make a few more like this as his career went on.


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