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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

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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

Templar says he "knows an excellent quote about star-crossed lovers". He is referring to William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, / Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. / From forth the fatal loins of these two foes / A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life". See more »

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Following the death of Peter Johnson, the Saint fights the murderer prior to his escape. Unfortunately, the stuntman for George Sanders bears no resemblance to him. See more »

Quotes

Charlie - Desk Clerk: Oh, how do you do, Mr. Templar? We've been expecting you. So, you're the man they call "The Saint"... the modern Robin Hood!
Simon Templar: Really, I'm a remarkably bad shot with a bow and arrow, and I've never tasted venison in my life.
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Disappointing
24 July 2009 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

That old smoothie George Sanders is about the only reason to catch this otherwise disappointing edition of the Saint. The rare stamp premise is promising, but the screenplay proves choppy and lacking in suspense. It's not at all clear that this is supposed to be a whodunit. But, if it is, then the suspects remain regrettably under-developed. Thus, what revelation comes at the end is rather confusing and not much of a disclosure. It's as if the script decided to change direction halfway through-- perhaps, political events in Europe were again heating up. After all, the year is 1940, and the movie business is well known for chasing international developments.

Anyway, the pick-pocketing montage with Pearly Gates is amusingly done, showing that actor Guilfoyle could do comedy as well as sinister eccentrics. Also, there's one eye-catching set, a well-designed resort courtyard that's nicely utilized. Otherwise, the staging and set design are lackluster at best. In fact, the big-Joshua-tree exterior at the climax, along with the several process shots, almost screams "phony". I'm not trying to nit- pick, just to point out that this entry lacks care in both the story department and the technical end. I suspect Sanders recognized this during the shoot and thus added to his decision to leave the series.


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