The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

67 mins | Drama | 10 March 1939

Director:

John Farrow

Writer:

John Twist

Producer:

Robert Sisk

Cinematographer:

Frank Redman

Editor:

Jack Hively

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was The Saint Strikes Twice. It was the second in RKO's "The Saint" series, and marked George Sanders debut as the title character. For more information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Saint in New York. ...

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The working title of this picture was The Saint Strikes Twice. It was the second in RKO's "The Saint" series, and marked George Sanders debut as the title character. For more information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Saint in New York.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Feb 1939
p. 3
Film Daily
1 Mar 1939
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 1938
pp. 6-7
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 1939
p. 2
Motion Picture Daily
20 Feb 1939
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
14 Jan 1939
p. 36
New York Times
9 Mar 1939
p. 18
Variety
1 Mar 1939
p. 15
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
The Saint Stikes Twice
Release Date:
10 March 1939
Production Date:
began early Dec 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
10 March 1939
LP8780
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
4964
SYNOPSIS

Private detective Simon Templar, known as "The Saint," becomes entangled in an investigation of a major San Franciscan crime ring headed by an elusive character known only to the police as Waldeman. When a gang murder occurs at the Colony Club on New Year's Eve, it triggers the flight of Val Travers, the daughter of a police inspector who committed suicide after his humiliating discharge on suspicion of being a member of Waldeman's gang. Val, who has organized a gang of second-rate hoodlums to ferret out the mysterious Waldeman and thus exonerate her father, runs into Templar as she tries to elude the police. When the San Francisco police department sends for Inspector Henry Fernack of the New York City police department to help with their investigation, Fernack forms an uneasy alliance with Templar. At police headquarters, Templar hypothesizes that Travers was framed by an inside man at the police department, but his theory is ridiculed by criminologist Cullis, who suggests that Templar is Waldeman. Learning that the murdered man was to have met Martin Eastman, a well-known philanthropist, Templar breaks into Eastman's safe, where he finds a stack of federal bank notes that have been stolen by Waldeman's gang. When Eastman fails to report the robbery but visits Cullis instead, Templar suspects that Cullis and Eastman are in league with Waldeman, but the police are unable to arrest them for fear of losing Waldeman. To flush out Waldeman, Val and Templar visit Eastman's house, where Templar has secretly returned the bank notes. Faced with the stolen notes, Eastman panics and runs from the house, where he is shot. Templar and Val next pay ...

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Private detective Simon Templar, known as "The Saint," becomes entangled in an investigation of a major San Franciscan crime ring headed by an elusive character known only to the police as Waldeman. When a gang murder occurs at the Colony Club on New Year's Eve, it triggers the flight of Val Travers, the daughter of a police inspector who committed suicide after his humiliating discharge on suspicion of being a member of Waldeman's gang. Val, who has organized a gang of second-rate hoodlums to ferret out the mysterious Waldeman and thus exonerate her father, runs into Templar as she tries to elude the police. When the San Francisco police department sends for Inspector Henry Fernack of the New York City police department to help with their investigation, Fernack forms an uneasy alliance with Templar. At police headquarters, Templar hypothesizes that Travers was framed by an inside man at the police department, but his theory is ridiculed by criminologist Cullis, who suggests that Templar is Waldeman. Learning that the murdered man was to have met Martin Eastman, a well-known philanthropist, Templar breaks into Eastman's safe, where he finds a stack of federal bank notes that have been stolen by Waldeman's gang. When Eastman fails to report the robbery but visits Cullis instead, Templar suspects that Cullis and Eastman are in league with Waldeman, but the police are unable to arrest them for fear of losing Waldeman. To flush out Waldeman, Val and Templar visit Eastman's house, where Templar has secretly returned the bank notes. Faced with the stolen notes, Eastman panics and runs from the house, where he is shot. Templar and Val next pay a visit to Cullis and confront him with the incriminating notes, forcing him to confess that he framed Val's father. Unknown to Cullis, the police have installed a dictaphone in his office and are listening to his confession. When Cullis accuses Templar of being Waldeman, the police commissioner announces that Templar has been working with the police from the begininng, and Cullis finally admits that Allen Breck, Val's meek legal advisor, is the elusive Waldeman.

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