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The Saints Double Trouble

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5.7/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Crime, Mystery, Drama
Sequel  The Saint Takes Over
6/10 IMDb

Director  Jack Hively
Prequel  The Saint in London
Language  English
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Writer  Ben Holmes, Leslie Charteris
Release date  January 26, 1940 (1940-01-26)
Cast  George Sanders (Simon Templar), Helene Reynolds (Anne Bitts), Jonathan Hale (Inspector Henry Fernack), Bela Lugosi (Partner), Donald MacBride (Inspector John H. Bohlen), John F. Hamilton (Limpy)
Similar movies  The Saint Takes Over, The Saint in New York, The Saint's Girl Friday, The Saint In London, The Saint Meets the Tiger, The Saint Strikes Back
Tagline  Master criminal meets his match! All-new thrills on the double-quick as he tricks slick sleuths.

The Saint's Double Trouble is a 1940 action-adventure film produced by RKO Pictures. The film stars George Sanders as Simon Templar, a.k.a. "The Saint", a master criminal turned crime-fighter, and features horror film legend Bela Lugosi as "The Partner". This was the fourth of eight films in RKO's film series about the character created by Leslie Charteris, and the first film to not be directly based upon one of the original Saint books, although Charteris did contribute to developing the story for the film.


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In this production, Sanders plays a dual role, not only that of Templar but of his doppelgänger, Duke Bates. When Bates is spotted smuggling diamonds into the US, Templar is blamed for the crime.

The Saint Takes Over movie scenes

Co-starring in the film is Helene Whitney as love interest Anne Bitts, and Jonathan Hale as Insp. Henry Farnack.

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Plot summary

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An authentic mummy is packaged and shipped from Cairo to Professor Horatio Bitts in Philadelphia. The package is sent under the name Simon Templar, but the sender is a man called The Partner, who is a member of an international team of jewel thieves, led by Boss Duke Bates.

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Meanwhile, John Bohlen of the Philadelphia Police Department is visited by Inspector Henry Fernack from New York. Private detective Simon Templar himself, more known as "The Saint", comes to visit his old friend Professor Bitts, and later in the night, the police are called to the professor's home to investigate a homicide.

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Fernack and Bohlen arrive at the crime scene and suspect Simon Templar of the killing, since he was the last one to visit the professor, and one of Templar's business cards are found on the dead body.

The Saint Takes Over movie scenes

Knowing he is a suspect, Templar has to stay away from the police, but he still visits Inspector Fernack at his hotel late at night. Fernack tells Templar that he personally doesn't suspect him. Templar goes back to the crime scene, talks to Anne, daughter of the professor and has a closer look at the mummy.

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Templar has no idea that Boss Duke Bates is the spitting image of Templar, and poses as the famous private detective now and then. When Boss kills another man, one of his fences, Templar manages to find his hideout at the 4 Bells Café and finds out about his doppelganger.

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After Boss finds out that one of the jewel packages is still inside the mummy, he goes back to the professor's house, but the professor crosses his path and is murdered by Boss.

Templar sends a message to the police and Anne, alerting them of Boss' existence and of the café. Boss tries to kill Anne but Templar arrives just in time to save her life. Then he goes back to the 4 Bells Café, but is caught by Boss and his henchmen, bound and gagged. Boss plans to kill him and transports him to a boat nearby to get rid of the body afterwards.

Before Boss has time to kill Templar, the police arrive and arrest Boss, presuming he is Templar. When they have gone, Templar manages to free himself and escape from the boat. He dresses up as a woman to get into the jail where Boss is held, and when they meet again, Boss knocks him down and steals his disguise in order to escape. This is something Templar has counted on, and when Boss tries to flee the jail, the police shoot him down and kill him.

Fernack realizes that Boss was Templar's double and lets him run after he has returned the stolen jewels he found in the mummy.


  • George Sanders ... Simon Templar, aka The Saint/Boss Duke Bates
  • Helene Whitney ... Anne Bitts
  • Jonathan Hale ... Inspector Henry Fernack
  • Bela Lugosi ... The Partner
  • Donald MacBride ... Chief of Detectives John H. Bohlen
  • John F. Hamilton ... Limpy, a Henchman
  • Thomas W. Ross ... Professor Horatio T. Bitts
  • References

    The Saint's Double Trouble Wikipedia
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