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The Saint Strikes Back(1939)

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  • George Sanders' sardonic sleuth style

    • Will Fox
    • 5/31/18

    Super-suave, street-savvy Sanders specialized in sophisticated, smirking characters, cynically commenting condescendingly on scenes. See scintillating Sanders soar, as the drama critic in 1950's "All About Eve." To see his style starting, savor Sanders's debonair detective debuting in 1939's "The Saint Strikes Back." Resembling a 20th Century Sherlock Holmes operating internationally, the British private detective, Simon Templar is introduced arriving in America, traveling to San Francisco, secretly as the Saint. Meanwhile, the S. F. Police Department has sent for NYC PD Inspector Henry Fernack to help with an internal investigation. The third principle player in this detective drama is the daughter of a distinguished SFPD detective; she is working to clear her father's disgraced reputation. He was unable to explain $80,000 in his 1930's bank account. Was he corrupt, a dirty cop or framed? Could he have been framed by a conspiracy, involving a corrupt law enforcement official? For a 67-minute film this dramatic drama is complicated. To resolve this who-done-it, players and viewers need to focus, to understand who is or is not on the side of law enforcement? Most interesting is the relevancy today. There seem to be ominous, troubling parallels to current high-level investigations into corrupting America's election and obstruction of justice. The Saint breaks laws, breaks into private safes and steals big bucks, like a modern Robin Hood, rationalizing expediency, justifying immorality, to right wrongs. Thanks TCM for broadcasting seven Saint screen gems, promoting thinking and appreciation.

  • george is great

    • james prichard
    • 5/19/08

    we need a box set of mr. sanders films, and a box set for the saint films , which are easily as wonderful as thin man,sorry loy and powell,but they are.

  • Just happened to tune in

    • Anne
    • 3/21/07

    This brought back memories of George Sanders as The Saint, but I would have bet the farm that the feminine lead was Mercedes McCambridge. Wendy Barry who played well, looked and spoke a lot like the famous Ms. McCambridge.

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