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The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Francisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

John Twist (screenplay), Leslie Charteris (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Simon Templar aka The Saint
Wendy Barrie ... Val Travers
Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
Jerome Cowan ... Cullis
Barry Fitzgerald ... Zipper Dyson
Neil Hamilton ... Allan Breck
Robert Elliott ... Chief Inspector Webster
Russell Hopton ... Harry Donnell
Edward Gargan ... Pinky Budd
Robert Strange ... Police Commisioner
Gilbert Emery ... Martin Eastman
James Burke ... Headquarters Police Officer
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Betty Fernack
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Storyline

A disgraced policeman's daughter in San Francisco is busy acquiring a name for herself as a crime boss in her own right. But when Simon Templar helps her get away after a shooting in a night-club and subsequently chooses to bring down his old acquaintance Inspector Fernack from New York, the question as to who is on which side of the law becomes increasingly confused -- especially when the vital evidence, in the shape of eighty thousand stolen dollars, spends most of the film in the Saint's pocket! Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1939 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

De Saint slaat terug See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The address The Saint gives Inspector Fernack as to where he should go for breakfast and get his clothes back the next day - 823 Pacific Avenue in San Francisco - is in the middle of the Chinatown district. See more »

Goofs

The American Airlines DC-3 "Flagship Skysleeper" airplane that lands in "Fort Worth" is shown pulling away from the gate for departure. However, in subsequent shots, two different aircraft are used. In the long shot of it turning around at the end of the runway, it's not even a silver DC-3, and in the takeoff shot, it's a different AA DC-3 (note the missing "Flagship Skysleeper" emblem). See more »

Quotes

Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint': [to Fernack referring to Val] I mean how could a girl as pretty as that be so clever?
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Connections

Followed by The Saint in Palm Springs (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party
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Jet Lagged
10 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

George Sanders made his debut as Leslie Charteris's international man of mystery Simon Templar, AKA The Saint in this film, The Saint Strikes Back. For all the rumors about his crooked ways Sanders is more often helping the local authorities than not, especially if it's doggedly honest Inspector Fernack of the NYPD homicide squad resolutely played as always by Jonanthan Hale.

One gets jet lagged now with the time zone changes and the jet air speeds with coast to coast flights. But Sanders had to have the worst case of it film history as he flies from San Francisco to New York after saving Wendy Barrie from being the object of a hit man. She's the daughter of a disgraced former NYPD detective who was accused of crookedness and took his own life. Now she's a West Coast wild child and thought to be in the rackets as well. Sanders then flies back bringing Hale in tow.

She's close to them however in her associates and it's up to the Saint to discover who's a San Francisco rackets boss and bring them to justice.

Sanders who in most films was the movie's biggest cad is a fine hero, a regular modern Robin Hood. Still people don't believe he's quite honest and he likes it that way.

If you like the books and the films, you'll enjoy this one.


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