The Saint Strikes Back

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The Saint Strikes Back is a 1939 American crime film directed by John Farrow. It marks the second cinematic incarnation of the antihero crimefighting character Simon Templar, alias "The Saint". George Sanders replaced Louis Hayward, who had played the... read more
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The Saint Strikes Back is a 1939 American crime film directed by John Farrow. It marks the second cinematic incarnation of the antihero crimefighting character Simon Templar, alias "The Saint". George Sanders replaced Louis Hayward, who had played the Saint in The Saint in New York. The movie was produced by RKO and also featured Wendy Barrie as female gang leader Val Travers. Barrie would appear in two more Saint films, playing different roles each time, though not in the next film in the series, The Saint in London. This was the second of eight films in RKO's film series about The Saint. In the film The Saint foils an assassination attempt by a member of Val Travers' gang, but is arrested by the police for the murder of the gang member. He persuades them to let him assist in apprehending a shadowy criminal mastermind. The script was based on the Leslie Charteris novel She Was a Lady (Hodder and Stoughton, 1931) which was also published as Angels of Doom and The Saint Meets His Match. The screenplay was by John Twist, who set the story in San Francisco (the book is set in England). Robert Sisk produced and John Farrow directed.

Original Release

03/08/1939

US Release

03/08/1939

Cast

George Sanders The Saint / Simon Templar aka The Saint / Simon Templar
Wendy Barrie Val Travers / Valerie 'Val' Travers
Jonathan Hale Inspector Henry Fernack
Jerome Cowan Cullis
Barry Fitzgerald Zipper Dyson
Neil Hamilton Allan Breck
Robert Elliott Chief Inspector Webster
Russell Hopton Harry Donnell
Edward Gargan Pinky Budd
Robert Strange Police Commisioner
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Farrow

Writers

John Twist, Leslie Charteris, A.C. Edington

Cast

George Sanders The Saint / Simon Templar aka The Saint / Simon Templar
Wendy Barrie Val Travers / Valerie 'Val' Travers
Jonathan Hale Inspector Henry Fernack
Jerome Cowan Cullis
Barry Fitzgerald Zipper Dyson
Neil Hamilton Allan Breck
Robert Elliott Chief Inspector Webster
Russell Hopton Harry Donnell
Edward Gargan Pinky Budd
Robert Strange Police Commisioner
Gilbert Emery Martin Eastman
James Burke Headquarters Police Officer
Nella Walker Mrs. Betty Fernack
Willie Best Algernon, Simon's Butler / Algernon, Simon's Butler (Uncredited)
Paul E. Burns Organ Grinder / Organ Grinder (Uncredited)
Kernan Cripps Police Sergeant / Police Sergeant (Uncredited)
Jack Gargan Plane Passenger / Plane Passenger (Uncredited)
Gerald Hamer Val's Butler / Val's Butler (Uncredited)
Robert Homans Policer Officer Moriarity / Policer Officer Moriarity (Uncredited)
Tom McGuire Policeman in Commissioner's Office / Policeman in Commissioner's Office (Uncredited)

Producers

Lee S. Marcus Executive Producer
Robert Sisk Producer

Editors

Jack Hively

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