The Saint in London

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This article is about the film. For the Simon Templar book which is often published under this title, see The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal.
The Saint in London
The Saint in London FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
Produced by William Sistrom
Written by Lynn Root
Frank Fenton
Based on "The Million Pound Day
by Leslie Charteris
Starring George Sanders
Sally Gray
Music by Marr Mackie
Cinematography Claude Friese-Greene
Edited by Douglas Robertson
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 30 June 1939 (1939-06-30)[1]
Running time 77 min.
Country Great Britain
Language English

The Saint in London (1939) is a British crime film, the third of eight films in RKO's film series featuring the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint".

The film starred George Sanders as Templar and was produced by William Sistrom. John Paddy Carstairs directed. Lynn Root and Frank Fenton wrote the screenplay based on Leslie Charteris' short story "The Million Pound Day", which was published in the 1932 collection The Holy Terror, published in the US as The Saint vs. Scotland Yard.

Plot[edit]

The Saint picks up a man on a country road, leading him into a web of currency fraud, a couple of murders and much skulduggery. The case is complicated by an enthusiastic young lady.

Reception[edit]

The film made a profit of $140,000.[2] According to Saint historian Burl Barer, Charteris considered The Saint in London to be the best of the RKO film series. He admired director Carstairs' work enough to dedicate the book The Saint in the Sun to him; Carstairs is also the only person to direct not only RKO Saint films, but also two episodes of the 1962-69 series The Saint.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Saint in London: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p132
  • Burl Barer, The Saint: A Complete History in Print, Radio, Film and Television 1928-1992. Jefferson, N.C.: MacFarland, 2003 (originally published in 1992).

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