Private detective Simon Templar (Hugh Sinclair), aka the Saint, gets a visit from a dying man who passes on a mysterious tip about a gold-smuggling scheme that leads the investigator to a town on the English seaside. There, the Saint teams up with Inspector Claud Teal (Gordon McLeod) of Scotland Yard and meets attractive gold mine owner Pat Holm (Jean Gillie), who helps point the pair toward criminal mastermind the Tiger (Clifford Evans), the man orchestrating the smuggling plot.
The Saint Meets the Tiger is the title of a crime thriller produced by the British unit of RKO Pictures, produced in 1941 but not released until 1943. This was to be the last of the eight films in RKOs film series about The Saint.
After his The Saints Vacation (1941), Hugh Sinclair makes his second (and final) appearance as Templar in this adventure, which sees Templar investigating a dead body left on his doorstep. This leads him to a quiet seaside village in Cornwall where he pursues a mysterious villain known as The Tiger. Co-starring in the film is Jean Gillie as Templars love interest, Patricia Holm. Although this character made many appearances in the book series, this is to date the only film in which she appears. The character next appears on screen portrayed by Eliza Dushku in an unbroadcast pilot for a Saint TV series produced in the 2010s.
Because of a dispute between RKO and The Saints creator, Leslie Charteris, the film was put on hold after shooting finished in June 1941. The reason for the dispute was that RKO was about to release The Gay Falcon in October 1941, the first film in their new The Falcon series, and Leslie Charteris felt that The Falcon was nothing but a copy of The Saint, enhanced by the fact that George Sanders played The Falcon. He was the most established face of The Saint, after having played the character in five of the previous films, whereof the last had been released earlier the same year. RKO eventually sold the US distribution rights to Republic Pictures, while its British arm handled the UK distribution as planned, and the film was released in both countries in 1943.
The Saint Meets the Tiger is an adaptation of Charteris first Saint novel, Meet - The Tiger!, and was the last Saint novel adapted by the RKO series. In a sense it was also the last film in the RKO series, as the final film, The Saints Return did not come until ten years later and was produced and distributed in the UK by British Hammer Films, while RKO only handled the US distribution.
A man murdered at the Saint's doorstep manages to utter a few words to Simon Templar before he dies, sending him off to the quaint resort village of Baycombe where he confronts crime mastermind 'The Tiger' and his gang as they plan to smuggle gold bullion out of the country. Written by Doug Sederberg