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The Saint's Girl Friday (1953)

The Saint's Return (original title)
A private detective goes after the people who murdered his girlfriend.

Director:

Seymour Friedman

Writers:

Leslie Charteris (story "The Saint's Girl Friday"), Allan MacKinnon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Louis Hayward ... Simon Templar aka The Saint
Naomi Chance Naomi Chance ... Carol Denby
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Max Lennar (as Sidney Tafler)
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Chief Insp. Claud Teal
Jane Carr ... Kate Finch
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Jarvis
William Russell ... Keith Merton (as Russell Enoch)
Diana Dors ... The Blonde in Lennar's Apartment
Fred Johnson ... Irish Cassidy
Thomas Gallagher Thomas Gallagher ... Hoppy Uniatz - The Saint's Valet
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Col. Stafford
Sam Kydd ... Barkley (Joe Podd)
John Wynn John Wynn ... Minor Role
George Margo George Margo ... Lennar's Henchman
Ian Fleming ... Lord Merton
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A private detective goes after the people who murdered his girlfriend.

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The Saint Moves In! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Saint's Girl Friday See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgravia, London, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Saint's Girl Friday (1953) was produced by Hammer Films in London, as an attempt to revive RKO's Saint series, and was only later released by RKO in the US. See more »

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Follows The Saint Strikes Back (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Saratoga
(uncredited)
Music by Eric Winstone
Paxton Music Ltd
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Louis Hayward returns as hard-nosed Simon Templar
3 May 2013 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

This final picture in the Saint series is connected to the early 1940s RKO entries only by the presence of Louis Hayward, the original Simon Templar in 1938's The Saint in New York.

This time around, the Saint seeks information about a girlfriend who cabled him for help—and then crashed her car into the river before his arrival on the scene. The police call it an accident, but….

Hayward is a smooth-talking Saint whose smirk is alternately insolent and charming; caught red-handed snooping through an apartment, he merely removes the cigar from his mouth and asks politely, "Pardon me…do you have a match?" He can play rough, however, as well—he does not hesitate to slap around a crook who has sneaked into his own room and doesn't want to tell who sent him.

The Saint is assisted by right-hand man Hoppy (Thomas Gallagher), a reformed pickpocket (of course) who doubles as valet and bodyguard. The "girl Friday" of the title is a woman named Carol (Naomi Chance), whose help Templar enlists in tracking the mob that killed his girlfriend and is threatening and manipulating Carol over gambling debts.

The plot is okay but nothing extraordinary, although the identity of the secret mob "chief" did surprise me at the end. The mood is rather darker than that of the fairly breezy comedy-mysteries of a decade earlier; however, Louis Hayward's confident performance, a fair amount of droll humor, and some atmospheric London underworld settings combine for an entertaining and still essentially light-hearted adventure.


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