The Saint Takes Over

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"Labeled for DEATH!"
  • Approved
  • 1940
  • 1 hr 9 min
  • 6.5  (711)

The Saint Takes Over is a 1940 crime film directed by Jack Hively and stars George Sanders as Simon Templar, better known as "The Saint." The film is the first in the series to be produced by RKO Pictures, and it was based on the 1930 novel "The Saint in New York" by Leslie Charteris. The film opens with Simon Templar arriving in New York City, where he plans to meet with an old friend, Inspector Fernack (Jonathan Hale). However, upon his arrival, he learns that his friend has been framed in a bank robbery case and has been suspended from the police force. Determined to clear his friend's name, Simon begins to investigate the case and soon discovers that there is much more to the robbery than meets the eye.

Along the way, Simon meets a beautiful newspaper reporter named Ruth Loring (Wendy Barrie), who is also interested in the case. The two of them team up to uncover the truth behind the robbery, and their investigation takes them on a thrilling journey through New York's underworld.

As the plot thickens, Simon discovers that the robbery was part of a larger plot by a criminal mastermind known only as "The Boss," who has been organizing a series of bank heists throughout the city. Soon, Simon finds himself face-to-face with The Boss and his gang, and he must use all of his wits and skills to defeat them and bring them to justice.

One of the strengths of The Saint Takes Over is its charismatic lead actor, George Sanders. Sanders was the perfect choice to play Simon Templar, with his suave demeanor and witty one-liners. His performance in the film is both charming and entertaining, and he effortlessly carries the movie.

The film's supporting cast is also quite strong, with Wendy Barrie delivering a solid performance as Ruth Loring. Barrie brings a sense of energy and enthusiasm to her role, and she and Sanders have great chemistry together on screen.

Jonathan Hale is also excellent as Inspector Fernack, bringing a sense of gravitas to his role as the beleaguered police officer. His scenes with Sanders are some of the best in the movie, with the two actors playing off each other brilliantly.

The film's script is also a highlight, thanks to the sharp writing of Lynn Root and Frank Fenton. The dialogue is quick and snappy, and the plot is filled with plenty of twists and turns to keep the audience engaged.

The film's direction by Jack Hively is solid, with some well-shot action scenes and tense moments that ratchet up the suspense. The film's climax, in particular, is well-executed, with a thrilling final showdown that delivers on the movie's promise of excitement and adventure.

Overall, The Saint Takes Over is an engaging and entertaining crime film that will satisfy fans of the genre. With top-notch performances, a sharp script, and stylish direction, the movie is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a good thriller. Whether you're a fan of George Sanders, Leslie Charteris' original Saint novels, or just love classic Hollywood films, The Saint Takes Over is a movie that is well-worth watching.

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    6.5  (711)