Review: ‘The Saint in New York’

A rugged gangster melodrama, highly fantastic in plot but intriguing, has been skillfully shaped from the Leslie Charteris novel about a modern Robin Hood whose dish is rubbing out baddies. It makes no pretentions to being more than a B picture.

A rugged gangster melodrama, highly fantastic in plot but intriguing, has been skillfully shaped from the Leslie Charteris novel about a modern Robin Hood whose dish is rubbing out baddies. It makes no pretentions to being more than a B picture.

Making a good team, Louis Hayward and Kay Sutton are romantically paired. Throughout the picture there are numerous murders, mostly the higher-ups in a mob of racketeers, but also there are some incredible escapes by the Saint. To some extent, Hayward has too much the appearance of a college freshman to suggest that his exploits in wiping out gangsters and escaping from tight pinches could be anything but imaginative.

Cast is made up chiefly of gangster characters, including Sig Ruman, who’s excellent, Paul Guilfoyle, an old favorite, Jack Carson and Ben Welden. Jonathan Hale plays a police inspector whose part is highly fictional in character.

The Saint in New York

Production

RKO. Director Ben Holmes; Producer William Sistrom; Screenplay Charles Kaufman, Mortimer Offner; Camera Joseph August, Frank Redman; Editor Harry Marker

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Louis Hayward Kay Sutton Sig Ruman Jonathan Hale Jack Carson

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