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The Saint in New York (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 3 June 1938 (USA)
Simon Templar, the Saint, is brought to New York. His search for the identity of "the Big Fellow" takes him through many dangerous situations.

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Ben Holmes

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Charles Kaufman (screenplay), Mortimer Offner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Louis Hayward ... Simon Templar, aka The Saint
Kay Sutton ... Fay Edwards
Sig Ruman ... Hutch Rellin (as Sig Rumann)
Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
Jack Carson ... Red Jenks
Paul Guilfoyle ... Hymie Fanro
Frederick Burton ... William Valcross
Ben Welden ... Boots Papinoff
Charles Halton ... Vincent Nather
Cliff Bragdon Cliff Bragdon ... Sebastian Lipke
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Simon Templar, the Saint, is brought to New York. His search for the identity of "the Big Fellow" takes him through many dangerous situations. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Meet fiction's modern Robin Hood - brought to thrilling life! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szentek New Yorkban See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on, and fairly faithful to, Leslie Charteris' novel "The Saint In New York." See more »

Goofs

Templar speaks the cabby's phone number, then dials it. It's Columbus 5-1098; on a rotary dial phone, 0, 9 and 8 are all full or nearly full turns of the dial, but when he dials it, it's all small turns until the last digit. See more »

Quotes

Simon Templar, aka The Saint: [flags down cab which brakes hard. Leans in] I smell burning rubber.
Sebastian Lipke, Taxi Driver: Best brakes in town, Boss, where to?
Simon Templar, aka The Saint: [Gets in] 49th, near 8th.
[reads taxi license on back of seat]
Simon Templar, aka The Saint: Just forget about those lights, Sebastian.
Sebastian Lipke, Taxi Driver: [looks back] Say, I know you!
Simon Templar, aka The Saint: Why shouldn't you? My life's an open book.
Sebastian Lipke, Taxi Driver: [looks back again] Why, you're the Saint! I seen your picture in tonight's paper!
Simon Templar, aka The Saint: Terrible picture. Made me look like Tarzan.
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Alternate Versions

Possibly for local censorship reasons some theatrical prints delete the brief scene revealing that the nun at the scene of the first of the Saint's killings was the Saint. Rather than a straight cut, it dissolves from the bystanders crowding round the body to the Saint's conversation after he has divested himself of the nun's habit. See more »

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Referenced in The Saint in London (1939) See more »

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Stylish b noir
10 October 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

The first Saint movie was a very good effort, true to the spirit of the book albeit made on the cheap by RKO. I grew up thinking that Roger Moore was the Saint and no-one could top him, but have to admit that Louis Haywood was just right in the title role with the right amount of debonair, imperturbable devil-may-care attitude. I hadn't seen this for over 10 years until off UK cable TV tonight, but there was a small but significant chunk of action which for some reason was cut out of the print shown. I hope the full version is still out there somewhere!

The Saint is "hired" by the NYPD to flush out and deal with a group of gangsters strangling the city. In his role as unpaid mercenary Prince he has to deal in his own inimitable fashion with 7 metaphorical dwarf hoodlums before moving on to the shadowy "Big Fellow" whilst falling in love with an alluring raven-haired femme fatale. This is Snow White for adults!

A real pity Haywood only played the Saint this glorious once in Hollywood - I don't count his 50's British attempt - although Sanders was very funny in his 5 films didn't really hit the right note. My favourite Haywood film came much later, Fritz Lang's "House by the river", an overlooked suspense gem from 1950.


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