George Sanders as The Saint, Part II

In the ’30s and ’40s, RKO adapted Leslie Charteris’ series of novels about a modern-day Robin Hood called the Saint into a series of eight films — you may recall I reviewed the first last month. Five of these films starred “Russian-born English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author” (and, later, voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s Jungle Book), George Sanders.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because I wrote the same thing yesterday. What’s different, naturally, are the reviews: here the final three films to star Mr Sanders as Mr Templar. So without further ado…



2 thoughts on “George Sanders as The Saint, Part II

  1. Very nice series of pieces on these films. I reckon your assessment of the stronger and weaker entries in the series pretty much matches my own. Overall, I think Sanders was the pick of the actors who played the Saint, although Hayward has his fans. The two Hugh Sinclair vehicles that followed were quite poor in comparison – they looked cheap and Sinclair just didn’t have the charisma to carry off the role.

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    • I certainly enjoyed the Hayward film in isolation, though I quickly warmed to Sanders’ portrayal and ultimately agree he’s the better. I’ve watched one of the Sinclair films so far and didn’t care for him at all — that he lacks the necessary charisma is exactly what I put in my notes.

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