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The Saint's Vacation

The Saint's Vacation(1941)

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The working title of this film was Getaway. A Hollywood Reporter news item notes that in February 1941, the studio decided to stop American production of their "Saint" pictures and assigned producer William Sistrom to begin filming the series in London with a new set of British actors. The Variety review explained that the move was prompted by the British government's decision to freeze RKO's funds in England, thus making them available only for British production. In the early 1940's, the British government enacted the Films Act which placed the revenues earned from American films distributed in Britain under the auspices of the British Treasury. The act limited the earnings that an American company could take out of the country to 50 percent, effectively freezing the other 50 percent in Britain. To access those "frozen funds," RKO decided to produce The Saint's Vacation and several others in Britain, although only one other "Saint" picture, The Saint Meets the Tiger, was produced (see below). In The Saint's Vacation, Hugh Sinclair took over the title role from George Sanders, who then stepped into RKO's "Falcon" series. For additional information about "The Saint" series, consult the Series Index and see entry for the 1938 film The Saint in New York in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40.