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The Saint Takes Over [DVD] [1940]

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  • Actors: George Sanders, Wendie Barry, Jonathan Hale
  • Directors: Jack Hively
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073TT9W6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,069 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Saint never abandons a friend, so when his old pal Inspector Henry Fernack (Jonathan Hale) of the New York Police Department is accused of corruption, Simon Templar takes the first cruise liner to the Big Apple to sort things out - his way. Teaming up with a small time loser 'Pearly' Gates (Paul Guilfoyle), The Saint discovers that the biggest racketeering case in years has collapsed. With the head detective discredited and the star witness ruthlessly gunned down, all the mobsters have walked free... The trouble is, now those same mobsters are all coming down with fatal cases of lead poisoning - and Templar's friend Inspector Fernack is always at the scene of the crime. Is he out to settle the score personally? And just who is the mystery brunette (Wendy Barrie) with a habit of pulling a disappearing act whenever Templar saves her from trouble? As one murder follows another, The Saint is running out of time to crack his most baffling case...

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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 July 2012
Format: DVD
The epitome of smooth sophistication, George Sanders as The Saint returns for another stylish escapade. A gang of racetrack scam gamblers lead by night club owner Rocky Weldon are acquitted of obtaining money by cheating. The star witness, Johnny Summers had been 'taken care of' and hence could not testify for the prosecution. Weldon's 'muscleman', the benign Clarence 'Pearly' Gates (Paul Guiffoyle), testifies for the defence. 50,000 dollars is found in arresting police Inspector Henry Fernack's safe. He is accused of corruption and is suspended.

Simon Templar (The Saint), reads of his friend's predicament and takes the next liner to New York. He meets attractive brunette Ruth (Wendie Barrie) on board who is not what she seems. On arrival, he encounters Fernack (Jonathan Hale) in the home of the racketeers' mouthpiece, Ben Eagan, shot dead, safe open and 90,000 dollars missing. Templar blackmails Pearly to help him solve the crimes committed. The gang succumb to lead poisoning. Is this revenge by Fernack? Why does Ruth disappear every time he helps or encounters her? The Saint must move quickly before further murders occur. Another sparkling film starring the smooth-tongued, witty Sanders. Marvellous. Loved every minute of the 69 on show.
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Based on an original story, The Saint Takes Over (1940) is the fifth film of the eight film RKO series and George Sanders penultimate appearance as Leslie Charteris' modern day Robin Hood. Beginning on a cruise liner Simon Templar (aka The Saint) rescues Ruth Summers (Wendy Barrie) from card sharps but then learns that his old friend Inspector (John) Henry Fernack (Jonathan Hale) has been suspended from the force. Fernack has been found with $50,000 of dirty money in his safe and is accused of being involved with a gambling syndicate. The Saint rushes to his aid and thus begins a fast moving and highly enjoyable b-movie. As the bodies pile up suspicion falls on Fernack but can The Saint prove his innocence? In just 69 minutes we find out. Directed by Jack Hively, The Saint Takes Over is probably the best of this low budget film series. Featuring Wendy Barrie in her second (of three - all different characters) Saint appearance, it also features Paul Guilfoyle in his second (of three) Saint appearance but his first as 'Pearly' Gates - the Gates character would also appear in The Saint in Palm Springs. The suave and ruthless Saint is played with caddish abandon by the great George Sanders while Jonathan Hale offers excellent support as the honest but frequently inept Inspector Fernack. The highlight is undoubtably Paul Guilfoyle as the milk drinking, weasel-like, safe-cracker 'Pearly' Gates who The Saint takes a shining to - 'I'm getting fond of him, I'd like to keep him for a pet.' Great characterisation, nice dialogue and brisk direction make this one of the 1940's most delightful b-features.
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A very excellent film to watch even now, fair amount of action great story line as you would expect well worth the price fully recommended to all
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very very good super!!!! thank you
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1st class
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