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The Fine Art Direction Makes this Film Watchable
- Larry Elam
The most fun thing about this film is the art deco architecture of the Palm Springs Lodge which looks very much like it was produced on a very large Hollywood sound stage.
By far the best of George Sanders as the Saint
I grew up watching Roger Moore as the Saint in the TV series. Later, I read the books by Leslie Charteris. Sadly, the movies by George Sanders are bad parodies of both the books and the character. The excellent plots and deadpan wit from the books do not translate onto the screen. Sanders is quite the ham, and the movies are poorly made, and very sophomoric. The supporting casts are terrible, the acting often quite hokey. The Saint series is indistinguishable from the equally bad Falcon series, which is heavy condemnation in and of itself. The author Charteris couldn't stand the previous movies in this series, but finally got a chance to influence this one and rescue the character. For that reason, this movie is the best of the lot. It's still a bit hokey at times, especially the scenes with Paul Guilfoyle as Pearly Gates. But Sanders is finally credible in his role, and the character is quite believable. The movie stumbles in several places, but there are enough plot twists to keep your interest. It's only an average B movie, but it's worth watching on a rainy afternoon.