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The Saint's Vacation / The Saint Meets the Tiger: The Saint Double Feature (1943)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NU53PC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hugh Sinclair stars as Simon Templar in this thrilling double feature of The Saint. In The Saint's Vacation, Templar is puzzled by an innocent-looking music box. Surrounding it is a legacy of robbery, torture and murder. As The Saint explores sinister places in the dead of night, he learns the box contains the key to a valuable code sought by ruthless thieves.

When a crook develops a conscience and tries to expose his cohorts, they murder him at Templar's doorstep in The Saint Meets the Tiger. The Saint trails the mystery to a remote English village where small-town manners cover up a hotbed of intrigue and a bloodthirsty band of gold smugglers.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No George Sanders, but still The Saint October 28, 2012
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I enjoyed this Saint double-feature and expect to do so again in future. The stories move along briskly (at just 61 and 69 minutes long, respectively), the actors are all very capable, and there's plenty of excitement and humor.

Hugh Sinclair is no George Sanders, and I much prefer the latter in the role of The Saint, but Mr. Sinclair isn't bad and he has two pretty solid screenplays to work with. In fact, the stories are better than those for a number of the George Sanders "Saint" films, so these Hugh Sinclair ones are worthwhile viewing.

Recommended for fans of "The Saint", British classic films, and light murder mystery or crime capers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
When debating which actor best portrayed The Saint, I always waffle between George Sanders and Roger Moore, although after having seen THE SAINT IN NEW YORK, Louis Hayward has drastically moved up in my estimation. Anyway, George Sanders starred in five Saint pictures for RKO after which he jumped ship to a new mystery film franchise, the Falcon series. In 1941's THE SAINT'S VACATION, Hugh Sinclair, himself gifted with a richly modulated voice, debuted as the new Simon Templar. Unfortunately, the public didn't buy him in the role and he only lasted to the tune of two films, both of which were box office flops. No, Sinclair didn't have Sanders' sardonic world-weariness or Hayward's dramatic flair. But judged solely on his performance - and taking Sanders and Hayward out of the equation - Hugh Sinclair exuded an elegant presence of his own. He certainly didn't lumber around like Sanders. THE SAINT'S VACATION and THE SAINT MEETS THE TIGER may be lesser efforts in this B-movie RKO franchise but they're diverting enough. I think they're worth a sit-down.

THE SAINT'S VACATION finds suave amateur crime-fighter Simon Templar - a.k.a. the Saint - off on a quiet holiday with his pal Monte Hayward (Arthur Macrae), the latter maybe a bit too optimistic with his remark: "We're going away on holiday; we're not going to get mixed up with anything." The Saint being a notorious sort who makes for fascinating front page fodder, the press is out in force, suspecting the Saint of ulterior motives. One particularly determined reporter, Mary Langdon (Sally Gray), at last tracks the Saint to Switzerland and learns that he really is out on holiday. But this lasts only until Templar espies that femme fatale hovering in the doorway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad it's available February 6, 2013
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Old shows, very old, and nearly forgotten. But this DVD is a special and welcome edition to my Saint collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real mystery movies! January 10, 2013
By Peter G
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Unlike most "mystery" stories written today, you will not be able to guess the outcome of these!
If you are in the habit of watching with only half of your attention, you will need to back up frequently.
These are "old school" movies written for adults, not kids with 15 second attention spans.
Most enjoyable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Brisk Little B-Thrillers August 2, 2014
One of the two Saint films that RKO made in Britain, THE SAINT'S VACATION is a brisk little tale in which the eponymous hero (Hugh Sinclair) successfully smuggles a box out of an unnamed Central European country, containing a vital device essential to Britain's future position in the World, aided and abetted by journalist Mary Langdon (Sally Gray) and amiable duffer Monty Hayward (Arthur Macrae). Looked at today, one cannot help but admire the way in which director Leslie Fenton makes use of very limited resources, in which stock footage is spliced together with studıo-bound sequences shot against very obvious backdrops. His main technique for sustaining our attention is through fast cuts between close-ups and two-shots, while encouraging his actors to play their roles to the hilt. Sinclair turns in a characteristically suave performance that contrasts with Macrae's cowardly Monty who perpetually desires a quiet life away from everything. Needless to say no one ever listens to him; and he is unwittingly drawn into the action when the Saint hides the box in Monty's traveling-bag. The husky-voiced Gray turns in a competent performance, even though she doesn't have much to do in the fight-sequences other than to put her hands up to her face in terror. Cast against type, Cecil Parker makes a good hissable villain with a penchant for turning his top lip up in distaste. He tries his best to remain detached from the action, leaving most of the dirty work to his sidekick Gregory (John Warwick). While the story might be unmemorable, THE SAINT'S VACATION offers several incidental pleasures for anyone looking to while away an entertaining hour. THE SAINT MEETS THE TIGER is the second film RKO made in Britain with a British cast with Hugh Sinclair in the title-role. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as Sanders but Not Bad April 27, 2014
By Adam
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In 1941, George Sanders left the role Simon Templar in the Saint series and was replaced by Hugh Sinclair.

The contrasts between Sanders and Sinclair is pretty striking. For Sanders, the Saint was an early highlight of a career that would see him earn parts in A pictures and even earn an Academy Award. For Sinclair, this was as good as it got. Sinclair just didn't have the presence that Sanders did, and so both of his Saint films were below Sanders best stories. Though both films were better than Sanders subpar The Saint's Double Trouble.

The Saint's Vacation (1941) is the better of the two films and truthfully above average when compared to most 1940s B detective features. The Saint is on vacation and gets involved in international intrigue over a music box which serves as the stories Macguffin. It's not an original idea, but the execution of it in this film is pretty enjoyable. The end is somewhat frustrating and drawn out particularly since we never get to find out what exactly the hubbub was about other than that it was a Macguff.

The Saint Meets the Tiger (1943) is based on the first Saint Novel and finds the Saint on the trail of international gold smugglers. Most of the movie is a little boring and hard to follow, so it's a bit below average. However, at the end of the movie, a madcap scene where the Saint's sidekick and girlfriend are knocking people out aboard a ship really livens things up.

So in short, the two films are almost mere images of each other. The Saint's Vacation is an above average film that's pretty interesting in the beginning but is bogged down by a slow ending. The Saint Meets the Tiger is a below average film that's propped up by an ending that's a lot more fun than the film itself.

Overall, I'd give the DVD 3.0 out of 5.0 and recommend it only for Saint completists at its retail price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the clever way the original stories are re-scripted for ...
Once you get past the idea of the Saint having a moustache, the films are a pleasure. I enjoyed the clever way the original stories are re-scripted for the screen.
Published 10 hours ago by Andrew R. McLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like all the Saint's characters no matter the actor. These two films are two of my favorites.
Published 1 month ago by L. Hooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series - great shows.
Published 1 month ago by D. nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick service
Product in perfect condition, came quick,very good product and price, a must have for all mystery buffs they don't makem like this
Published 10 months ago by chipfortune
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saint
I like all Saint movies, books, magazines. Can I say anything besides buy 2 copies, one for you and one for when a friend borrows it and never gives it back. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Steve Long
5.0 out of 5 stars YEs this is GOOD
Don't listen to negative reports no this isn't George Sanders But still a different way to watch a familiar movie, and good price, you must admit they don't makem like they use to. Read more
Published 13 months ago by chip fortune
3.0 out of 5 stars For Saint Fans
I have been a Saint fan for years, with the exception of that horrible recent movie with Val Kilmer. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ian J. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars fun movies
If you enjoy the old mystery movies like I do, you will love this one.
The negative is that there are not a lot more like this one!
Published 14 months ago by karen halden
3.0 out of 5 stars hugh sinclair
very good movies however Hugh Sinclair doesn't match up to George Sanders as the saint. But very entertaining, Sally Gray also a big plus.
Published 15 months ago by K
3.0 out of 5 stars No George Sanders, but enjoyable
George Sanders shall always be my favorite Saint (followed a distant second by Roger Moore in the 60s and Warren William while on break from Perry Mason), yet Hugh Sinclair's... Read more
Published 18 months ago by GruffOldBear
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