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

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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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  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NU53PC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Karen Amrhein on 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 By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 20, 2013
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 By Lou Fisher on 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 By Peter G on January 10, 2013
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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 By Dr. Laurence Raw on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author on April 27, 2014
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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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