The Saint is a modern day Robin Hood of sorts. He steals from rich criminals (gangsters and the like) and keeps the loot for himself…
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Season 1 Ep.1: The Talented Husband
Madge, a friend of the Saint, has recently married John Clarron, an ex-actor and unsuccessful playwright and is now an invalid following an accident in which a heavy pot fell on her. Simon goes to visit her at her home in Cookham on the river Thames and meets Adrienne Halberd. She is an insurance investigator, very interested in Clarron since his first two wives, both heavily insured, died in suspicious circumstances. The Clarrons employ an old Irish house-keeper, Mrs. Jafferty, but when Clarron is away in London Simon and Adrienne search the house and the lady is nowhere to be found.
The Saint starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar. The fictional detective-cambrioleur was created by Leslie Charteris in the 1920s and featured in many novels and novellas over the years. Moore drove a white Volvo P1800 on the show. Moore’s portrayal of Templar was considered a training ground for his later work as James Bond. He was reportedly offered the role of 007 at least twice during the run of the series, but had to turn it down both times due to his television commitments. In one early episode of the series, a character actually mistakes Templar for James Bond. Roger Moore had earlier tried to buy the production rights to the Saint books himself and was delighted to be able to play the part. Moore eventually became co-owner of the show with Robert S. Baker when the show moved to colour and the production credit became Bamore Productions. Most of the wardrobe Moore wore in the series was his own. Although Moore had a few recurring co-stars, most notably Ivor Dean who took over the role of Teal as Templar’s nemesis/reluctant ally, Inspector Teal, he was the only actor to feature for the entire run of the show. This was in keeping with the later format of the Charteris novels wherein the Saint usually worked alone. In early books, however, Templar had a team of compatriots, as well as a regular girlfriend, but these characters do not appear in the programme. Inspector Teal had been previously played by Norman Pitt and Wensley Pithey. From the episode “Iris” (7 Nov 1963), Ivor Dean took over. He had previously starred as a bad guy in the series, in the “Hollywood” episode. The Saint began as a straightforward mystery series, but over the years adopted more secret agent and fantasy-style plots.
Cast and Crew:
Roger Moore, Ivor Dean and Leslie Crawford
Original Air Date: 1962
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