February 2nd, 2021


Movie Critique - The Saint Strikes Back

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: It is certainly a twisted and confusing plot but solved very neatly in the end. A good Saint movie, worth watching once.

The Saint Strikes Back is a 1939 American crime mystery film directed by John Farrow, produced by Robert Sisk and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film has George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale, Barry Fitzgerald, Neil Hamilton and Jerome Cowan among others in the cast. 

At a New Year's party The Saint foils the plans for Valerie Travers' (portrayed by Wendy Barrie) gang of assassinating someone. And then The Saint inserts himself in the investigation with the assurance that he would assist Inspector Henry Fernack (portrayed by Jonathan Hale) and at the same time help Valerie in her cause. What leads up to is a twisted and complicated plot of murder and mystery. 

This is the second of the nine RKO movies featuring Leslie Charteris' Robin Hood like character Simon Templar aka The Saint. He was first introduced to the readers in Charteris' 1928 novel Meet the Tiger. He appeared in radio shows, TV, comic strips and movies apart from the novels that Charteris created him in. The first person to play The Saint on film was Louis Hayward in the first film, the 1938 American crime mystery film The Saint in New York. George Sanders played the role in this film and four more of the nine. 

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