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The Saint's Vacation

Released May 9, 1941 1h 1m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 33% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings British sleuth Simon Templar (Hugh Sinclair) and his sidekick (Arthur Macrae) trick spies in Switzerland. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Audience Member The first of the RKO Saint films without George Sanders is also the only time series creator Leslie Charteris wrote a Saint screenplay himself. However, I've never actually read any of the original stories, so I have no idea which incarnation of The Saint is the most loyal to the source material. Roger Moore's version of Simon Templar was my first exposure to The Saint and is still my favorite. George Sanders was also good as The Saint, but he was really just playing George Sanders more than a character (which is fine because Sanders is a cool dude). Beside Val Kilmer, this is the fourth portrayal of Templar I've seen and is probably the most bland. The Kilmer film was pretty dull, but at least Kilmer was kind of a ham with all of his ridiculous disguises. This one just seemed rather blah. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Hugh Sinclaire is a bit stiff playing the debonair Simon Templar, but this crime story is enjoyable enough and although it has undertones of a war mission it ignores the wider conflicts going on in Europe at the time. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member The seventh Saint film produced by RKO Radio Pictures, and it was all change with this one. The production of the series was moved to wartime England to take advantage of money the government had held onto from American films, and because George Sanders was living in America, the role of Simon Templar was passed onto Hugh Sinclair, who is very suave in the role. Simon Templar (Sinclair) is on a holiday by train through Europe, (even though it makes no real reference to the war), he's with his friend Monty Hayward (Arthur Macrae) who is flustered because the press know Hayward is friends with Templar, and they want to know his whereabouts. On the train, Templar gets involved with reporter Mary Langdon (Sally Gray) and a music box, which Crown Prince Rudolph (Cecil Parker) wants to get his hands on, but the music it plays is a tuneless, incoherent sound. But, with the musical cylinder removed and rubbed across paper, it's a secret code. When train passenger Valerie (Leueen MacGrath) is bundled off into a car by Gregory (John Warwick), the plot thickens. It's quite a confused plot, and the train sequences reuses footage from Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes. It has some good moments, including some good action, but it does come across as a bit bland. Maybe the move to the UK wasn't such as good idea, but it's short. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis British sleuth Simon Templar (Hugh Sinclair) and his sidekick (Arthur Macrae) trick spies in Switzerland.
Leslie Fenton
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
RKO Radio British Productions
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
May 9, 1941, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2009
1h 1m
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