The Saint Meets the Tiger

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The Saint Meets the Tiger
Original film poster
Directed by Paul L. Stein
Produced by William Sistrom
Written by Leslie Arliss
Wolfgang Wilhelm
James Seymour
Based on Meet - The Tiger!
by Leslie Charteris
Starring Hugh Sinclair
Jean Gillie
Gordon McLeod
Cinematography Robert Krasker
Edited by Ralph Kemplen
RKO Radio British Productions
Distributed by Republic Pictures (US)
RKO Radio Pictures (UK)
Release date
  • 29 July 1943 (1943-07-29)(US)
Running time
70 min.

The Saint Meets the Tiger is the title of a crime thriller produced by the British unit of RKO Pictures, produced in 1941 but not released until 1943. [1] [2] This was to be the last of the eight films in RKO's film series about the crimefighterThe Saint.


After his The Saint's Vacation (1941), Hugh Sinclair makes his second (and final) appearance as Templar in this adventure, which sees Templar investigating a dead body left on his doorstep. This leads him to a quiet seaside village in Cornwall where he pursues a mysterious villain known as The Tiger. Co-starring in the film is Jean Gillie as Templar's love interest, Patricia Holm. Although this character made many appearances in the book series, this is to date the only film in which she appears. The character next appears on screen portrayed by Eliza Dushku in an unbroadcast pilot for a Saint TV series produced in the 2010s.

Because of a dispute between RKO and The Saint's creator, Leslie Charteris, the film was put on hold after shooting finished in June 1941. The reason for the dispute was that RKO was about to release The Gay Falcon in October 1941, the first film in their new The Falcon series, and Leslie Charteris felt that The Falcon was nothing but a copy of The Saint, enhanced by the fact that George Sanders played The Falcon. He was the most established face of The Saint, after having played the character in five of the previous films, whereof the last had been released earlier the same year. RKO eventually sold the US distribution rights to Republic Pictures, while its British arm handled the UK distribution as planned, and the film was released in both countries in 1943. [3]

The Saint Meets the Tiger is an adaptation of Charteris' first Saint novel, Meet - The Tiger! , and was the last Saint novel adapted by the RKO series. In a sense it was also the last film in the RKO series, as the final film, The Saint's Return did not come until ten years later and was produced and distributed in the UK by British Hammer Films, while RKO only handled the US distribution.

Plot summary

Simon "The Saint" Templar finds a dead man on his doorstep. Soon the ace investigator finds himself mired in more murder, smuggling and a South American mine.


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  2. p. 34 Views & Reviews, Volumes 3-5 Views & Reviews Productions, 1971
  3. p.69 Barer,Burl The Saint: A Complete History in Print, Radio, Film and Television of Leslie Charteris' Robin Hood of Modern Crime, Simon Templar 1928-1992 McFarland, 2003