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The Saint's Double Trouble

1940 1h 8m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 21% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Crime boss Duke Bates (George Sanders), a dead ringer for crime fighter Simon Templar (also Sanders), also known as the Saint, ships an Egyptian mummy to archeology professor Horatio Bitts (Thomas W. Ross) in Philadelphia. Templar happens to be on the scene visiting Bitts, his old friend and teacher, and is suspected of smuggling diamonds found in the mummy. Templar is forced to clear himself from suspicion while pursuing the real culprit, who he realizes is his double, Bates. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A poorly worked out, gimmicky and convoluted film of the Saint operating on both sides of the law. Rated: C Jul 27, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member poorly worked out and convoluted Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Enjoyable duel role for George Sanders as goody and baddy once it gets going. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Okay installment in The Saint series. Sanders gets to play dual roles as The Saint and as an evil look-a-like. I was kind of excited to see the film start with Bela Lugosi as a criminal, but he's unfortunately hardly in the film. It's always a treat to see Lugosi or Boris Karloff outside of a horror role, so it was disappointing to see him wasted here. Not at bad film, but not all that interesting either. Mostly just worth watching for Sanders as The Saint. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The 4th film in RKO's series of Simon Templar films, and the third one to star George Sanders. This one is a bit of a silly adventure compared with what had gone and what was to come, but it doesn't last long, (The Saint films rarely last over 70 minutes), but it manages to be fun while it lasts. Simon Templar (Sanders) is believed to be in Cairo, but when he turns up in Philadelphia at the house of his friend Professor Horatio T. Bitts (Thomas W. Ross), and Bitts believes that Templar is in trouble. Bitt has just received a coffin containing the mummified remains of a pharaoh. However, the police have been looking for a man who is identical to Templar, and has been committing jewel thefts, diamond smuggling and other misdemeanors. Templar's double turns out to be Boss Duke Bates (Sanders again), and Templar soon finds himself being chased by the police, including New York Inspector Fernack (Jonathan Hale) is on his tail again. But, matters are further complicated when Professor Bitts turns up dead and Templar ends up being chased down for that. It's a very confusing film, but Sanders is as good as ever. There's an amusing cameo from Bela Lugosi as a gangster just known as The Partner, who has something to do with the diamond smuggling. For B-Movies, these were quite well filmed, and look quite lavish even if they were done on the cheap. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member The saint is accused of a series of murders but it's a looky likey that is causing all the trouble. Bela Lugosi guest stars. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member An ok B-Movie with George Sanders as the titular Saint. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Crime boss Duke Bates (George Sanders), a dead ringer for crime fighter Simon Templar (also Sanders), also known as the Saint, ships an Egyptian mummy to archeology professor Horatio Bitts (Thomas W. Ross) in Philadelphia. Templar happens to be on the scene visiting Bitts, his old friend and teacher, and is suspected of smuggling diamonds found in the mummy. Templar is forced to clear himself from suspicion while pursuing the real culprit, who he realizes is his double, Bates.
Director
Jack Hively
Producer
Cliff Reid
Screenwriter
Ben Holmes
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 8m