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3.0 out of 5 stars Simon says, 6 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Saint In Palm Springs [DVD] [1941] (DVD)
Inspector Fernack (Jonathan Hale) needs a favour, he wants Simon Templar aka The Saint (George Sanders) to act as a bodyguard for Peter Johnson who is carrying $200,000 worth of postage stamps (from an unspecified 'old' country). No sooner has The Saint met Johnson he is killed and The Saint travels alone to Palm Springs. Here he intends to give the stamps to his tennis coach niece Elna Johnson (Wendy Barrie) but foreign agents (presumably Nazis) have other ideas. Arriving at the Twin Palms hotel The Saint bumps into Clarence 'Pearly' Gates now an on-probation house detective. When the stamps are lost The Saint and 'Pearly' join forces to recover them with Gates acting as a pickpocket despite his reservations, 'what's it gonna look like? A house detective turned dip.' Meanwhile, Elna suspects The Saint to which Templar replies, 'that's the obvious conclusion to come to if ones suspicions are morbidly athletic.' With dialogue like that this film is a sure-fire winner. 66 minutes later the mystery is solved and George Sanders rides into the sunset (to be replaced by Hugh Sinclair). Released by RKO in 1941, The Saint In Palm Springs was Sanders last appearance as The Saint, Hale's last appearance as Fernack and Guilfoyle's last appearance as 'Pearly' Gates. Based on an actual Charteris story (albeit with significant alterations) and reuniting the cast (Sanders, Hale, Barrie, Guilfoyle) and director (Hively) of The Saint Takes Over, The Saint in Palm Springs is less satisfying mainly because the character of Fernack is reduced to a brief cameo at the beginning of the film. Fortunately, the viewer is treated to Guilfoyle's dumb criminal 'Pearly' Gates - 'you think of everything when you think' chides Templar - and Sanders as the best ever Saint. Fast moving, family-friendly fun.
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