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.2: The Latin Touch
Holidaying in Rome, the Saint befriends Sue Inverest, the daughter of American senator Hudson Inverest, who is later kidnapped by mobster Tony Unciello. Unciello is demanding Inverest order the reprieve of another gangster, his brother, on Death Row in an American jail. The Saint discovers where Sue is being held and purposely has himself caught by Unciello in a plot that will utilize a little Latin touch.
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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