The Robin Hood Of Modern CrimeThat was how The Saint was often promoted to entice readers, and it's a theme that his creator Leslie Charteris returns to a number of times in his books and stories. It was the publication of The Saint In New York in 1935 that made Charteris an international name. The film rights were sold even before publication and - despite some problem with the American censors over its violent content - became a hit picture for RKO in 1938. Charteris wanted Ronald Colman, Cary Grant or Douglas Fairbanks Jr for the role of Simon Templar. Instead,... after Louis Hayward premiered the character, the much-respected George Sanders took on the role in four of the films, with Hugh Sinclair taking the lead in The Saint's Vacation and The Saint Meets The Tiger.The Saint's Vacation:Simon Templar (Hugh Sinclair), aka The Saint, and trusty sidekick Monty Hayward (Arthur Macrae) go to Switzerland on vacation - pursued by wily reporter Mary Langdon (Sally Gray). What was planned as a quite holiday becomes a web of intrigue when Templar spies criminal mastermind Rudolph Hauser, who subsequently relives The Saint of a mysterious music box containing a secret code. This sets off a dangerous cat-and-mouse between Templar and a gang of Nazi agents for possession of the box. [show more]
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Hugh Sinclair makes his first appearance as Simon Templar, aka The Saint, in the seventh film of the crime drama series. While holidaying in Switzerland during the Second World War, Templar receives a secret code in the form of a music box which is later stolen by criminal Rudolph Hauser (Cecil Parker). With help from his friend, Monty Hayward (Arthur Macrae), and reporter Mary Langdon (Sally Gray), The Saint attempts to retrieve the box but finds himself in a dangerous game against villainous Nazis.