The Saint in London

The Saint in London is a 1939 British crime film, the third of eight films in RKO's film series featuring the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint".

The Saint in London
Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byWilliam Sistrom
Written by
Based on"The Million Pound Day"
1932 story
by Leslie Charteris
StarringGeorge Sanders
Sally Gray
Music byMarr Mackie
CinematographyClaude Friese-Greene
Edited byDouglas Robertson
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • 30 June 1939 (1939-06-30)[1]
Running time
77 min.
CountryGreat Britain

It stars George Sanders as Templar and was produced by William Sistrom. John Paddy Carstairs directed. Lynn Root and Frank Fenton wrote the screenplay based on Leslie Charteris' short story "The Million Pound Day", which was published in the 1932 collection The Holy Terror, published in the US as The Saint vs. Scotland Yard.


The Saint picks up a man on a country road, leading him into a web of currency fraud, a couple of murders and much skulduggery. The case is complicated by an enthusiastic young lady.



The film was shot in London. Sanders arrived there in March 1939.[2]


The film made a profit of $140,000.[3] According to Saint historian Burl Barer, Charteris considered The Saint in London to be the best of the RKO film series. He admired director Carstairs' work enough to dedicate the book The Saint in the Sun to him; Carstairs is also the only person to direct not only RKO Saint films, but also two episodes of the 1962-69 series The Saint.


  1. "The Saint in London: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  2. Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (1939 Mar 10). SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  3. Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p132
  • Burl Barer, The Saint: A Complete History in Print, Radio, Film and Television 1928-1992. Jefferson, N.C.: MacFarland, 2003 (originally published in 1992).

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