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The Saint in Palm Springs(1941)

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Although the character played by Wendy Barrie is addressed as "Elna Johnson" in the dialogue, the Variety and New York Times reviews list her name as "Elna Massen". This was the fifth and final time that George Sanders played "Simon Templar," a role he took over from Louis Hayward in the 1939 RKO film The Saint Takes Over. It was also the last of "The Saint" series produced in the United States by RKO. The next film in the series, The Saint's Vacation (see below), was produced in England to utilize studio funds frozen by the British government during World War II and featured Hugh Sinclair in the title role. According to a February 1941 news item in Hollywood Reporter, the studio decided to cast Sanders as a new mystery character in a series to be developed by writers Lynn Root and Frank Fenton. The new character that was finally developed for Sanders was that of "Gay Lawrence, The Falcon," a role so similiar to "The Saint" that according to modern sources, Leslie Charteris, the creator of "The Saint," sued the studio for stealing his character. The first film in the series was The Gay Falcon, which featured Sanders and Wendy Barrie, his female lead in The Saint in Palm Springs and two other "Saint" films. For additional information about "The Saint," consult the Series Index and see entry for the 1938 film The Saint in New York in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3879.