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The Saint Takes Over (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 7 June 1940 (USA)
Inspector Fernack is framed by a cartel of five gangsters and Simon does his best to prove it before all the conspirators are murdered by a mysterious killer.

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

Leslie Charteris (featuring "The Saint" created by), Lynn Root (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Simon Templar / The Saint
Wendy Barrie ... Ruth Summers
Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
Paul Guilfoyle ... Clarence 'Pearly' Gates
Morgan Conway ... Sam Reese
Robert Emmett Keane ... Leo Sloan
Cy Kendall ... Max Bremer (as Cyrus W. Kendall)
James Burke ... Patrolman Mike
Robert Middlemass ... Captain Wade
Roland Drew ... Albert 'Rocky' Weldon
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Lucy Fernack
Pierre Watkin ... Ben Eagan
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Storyline

The Saint plays a "modern-day Robin Hood" in order to clear his friend, Henry Fernack, who was framed by mobsters. They run into a series of murders. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Labeled for DEATH!

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso del Santo See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is the first Saint movie to use the ubiquitous Saint caricature during the main titles. See more »

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After The Saint tussles with the two guys trying to abduct Ruth by the cab, a clear shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the sidewalk by the mailbox. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Summers: What are you going to do?
Simon Templar: That, darling, is the big problem of the moment.
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Connections

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

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The Saint helps a framed inspector and falls in love
17 May 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Saint Takes Over" stars George Sanders as Simon Templar, aka "The Saint" in this 1940 entry into the series. It also stars Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale and Paul Guilfoyle. On board ship en route to the U.S., The Saint meets and tries to make time with a woman (Wendy Barrie) who gives him the brushoff. Simon is coming to New York to help Inspector Fernack, now thoroughly discredited due to a gangster frame-up; $50,000 was found in his home. The gangster, Rocky (Roland Drew), of course, was found not guilty at trial, and he and his fellow mobsters pay the bill for the frame and attorney representation - $90,000 in total. Today you need that to defend yourself against a parking ticket. This was a murder rap.

Rocky sends his bodyguard, Pearly Gates (Guilfoyle) to the lawyer's house to steal the $90,000 from the safe. The attorney catches him red-handed and sends him back to his boss with a message. Seconds later, he's dead. Rocky meets a similar fate. And on and on - who's killing this group of gangsters? The Saint has to get one of them to talk so that Fernack can be cleared - can he get to anyone before they're murdered? The woman he met on board ship reappears and figures prominently in the case.

Few actors have a way with a line like George Sanders, and his dry wit, good looks, smooth voice and depth as an actor suit Simon Templar perfectly. Paul Guilfoyle provides some humor as the nervous, milk drinking Pearly Gates, and Jonathan Hale is great as the sometimes exasperated but worried sick Inspector Fernack. Wendy Barrie, who appeared in many Saint episodes, is very good as the woman who captures Simon's heart.

Very enjoyable.


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