The Saint in London (1939)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Sally Gray and George Sanders in The Saint in London (1939)

The London Templar

Simon Templar (George Sanders - The Quiller Memorandum) arrives in London and finds himself hooking up with pickpocket Dugan (David Burns). It isn't long before Simon becomes aware that there is a crime afoot involving counterfeiters plotting to print £1,000,000 in counterfeit money. The question is can The Saint not only get to the bottom of the counterfeiting racket but also prevent it.

"The Saint in London" was the third movie in the series and was quite different to the previous movies. Not only was this movie set in Britain but was less of a mystery movie than the previous movies. In fact it lays pretty much all its cards on the table early on from Simon meeting love interest Penny to meeting those involved in the counterfeiting racket.

Now for me that makes "The Saint in London" a bit of a disappointment because whilst these movies were always predictable this one didn't even try to make you think. What that means is that the success of the movie rests even more firmly on George Sanders' shoulders as The Saint. And thankfully Sanders achieves this because he delivers that debonair whimsy which makes the character so enjoyable. There is simply something fun about watching The Saint putting himself in the middle of things whilst always having a quip at hand to amuse you.

In fairness Sanders is not the only good thing about "The Saint in London", Sally Gray is an attractive distraction as Penny but it isn't a great character. And in a way it is the lack of decent supporting characters which let this third movie down as it ends up all about George Sanders.

What this all boils down to is that "The Saint in London" is okay for those who have enjoyed these early movies but with very little mystery it doesn't offer the same excitement as the previous movies.


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