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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Pauline Chamberlain, Leslie Crawford, Justine Lord
  • Writers: Roger Moore
  • Producers: Roger Moore, Lew Grade
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007D4MRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Saint - The Early Episodes, Set 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 12 black-and-white episodes from the debut season
  • The history of The Saint
  • Roger Moore biography and filmography
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Fearless, debonair, and determined to see justice, Simon Templar, aka THE SAINT, took the world by storm in 1962. Now, the dazzling black-and-white debut season of this modern-day Robin Hood is on DVD for the first time. Sympathetic to those in distress, especially when they're wearing a dress, THE SAINT circles the globe in his trademark white Volvo, deploying lethal charm as his weapon of choice. Based on the best-selling novel Meet the Tiger by Leslie Charteris, Roger Moore's portrayal of this glamorous mystery man with a heart of gold created a television legend. With impeccable taste for the finer things in life, Templar dashed through one heart-pulsing adventure after another, forever chased by Scotland Yard's peppermint-chewing Inspector Teal. Action-packed, stylish, and dependably sexy, this three-disc DVD set features all 12 black-and-white episodes from the debut season of THE SAINT. DVD Features: Roger Moore Biography and Filmography; The History Of The Saint; Photo Gallery; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Fan of The Avengers The Saint The Champions on January 5, 2006
A&E doesn't list the episodes on the outside of the Set 1 box, or on their website, so here goes:

DISC ONE

The Talented Husband

The Latin Touch

The Careful Terrorist

The Covetous Headsman

DISC TWO

The Loaded Tourist

The Pearls Of Peace

The Arrow Of God

The Element Of Doubt

DISC THREE

The Effete Angler

The Golden Journey

The Man Who Was Lucky

The Charitable Countess
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By cinemaniak on March 6, 2005
If you enjoy The Saint and Secret Agent Man/Dangerman, you will love this B&W first season of The Saint. Roger Moore is at his best. I love the way he talks to the viewer at the beginning and end of every episode. Very personable.

If you are a fan of the B&W, gritty, 60's spy genre, you will enjoy this series better than the later "color" Saint episodes. These earlier shows are based on the Leslie Charteris, creator of The Saint, original stories. You also get to see the famous white Volvo.

I watched this and the second set both on DVD in three days (released earlier on another website). This is the good stuff. Please release more of the early episodes.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Pizzi on August 10, 2006
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The first series of black and white episodes of the Saint apppear to be more gritty and realisitc compared to the later color series also available thru A&E and Amazon. In this set Simon Templar is less the cocky, errant playboy and more akin to a hardened private investigator outswindling the swindlers and working for the little guy.

This was Roger Moore's first starring role in a series that earned him a place in movie history as the longest-playing actor to portray Ian Fleming's 007. It has been said that the first series represents Leslie Charteris' protagonist more accurately than the later color episodes.

As with other series produced by ITC, expect to see many of the same fine English supporting actors from other popular programs like "Secret Agent," "Man in a Suitcase," "Gideon's Way," and "The Baron." It is astounding how many quality programs were produced thru the ITC Network in the UK during the 60's.

The episodes in both sets I and II are nicely remastered and the audio quality is excellent--A&E has done a fine job here as usual. Sadly, some extras would have been more welcome. The Carlton DVD set (in Region 2 encoding) of the b&w episodes offer interviews with Robert Baker, the director of the series, as well as original publicity documentation from ITC promoting the series.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Happy Lemming on April 23, 2005
These are fun. A remarkably young Roger Moore takes on a variety of villains in this crisp black-and-white set. The video transfer is excellent and the monophonic sound good. Now, nobody has ever accused The Saint of being highbrow entertainment, and these early episodes are no exception. "Danger Man" is more intelligent, while "The Avengers" are more offbeat. I enjoy them all for what they are.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 10, 2008
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Simon Templar, aka the Saint, has been around a loooong time. Author Leslie Charteris debuted him way back in the 1928 novel MEET THE TIGER. Since then the Saint has seen plenty of time on-screen, as fleshed out by a boatload of actors (Louis Hayward, the wonderfully suave George Sanders, Hugh Sinclair, and even Val Kilmer). But, let's be real, no one fit the halo better than Roger Moore.

From 1962 to 1969, the British television series THE SAINT chronicled the globetrotting exploits of Simon Templar as he sought to help the helpless, punish the criminal element, and have a good time doing it. THE SAINT - THE EARLY EPISODES, SET 1 contains the 12 episodes which make up the 1962 debut season. Presented in crisp black & white (the series would be colorized in 1966), these early adventures sparkle with freshness and charm. And, yup, from the get-go, that memorable theme song wormed itself into the brain.

The first episode is titled "The Talented Husband." Its pre-credit sequence unveils a dapper Roger Moore as the Saint gazing at the camera and bemoaning the woes of crappy theater, yet he does this with a twinkle in the eye. This sets the tone for his character as Templar would mostly retain this lighthearted touch even when dealing with the "ungodly," as he calls them. But there are moments when the Saint gets down and dirty and very serious. One of his quotes referencing the "ungodly" is: "Sooner or later, the ungodly get what they deserve." And if it's up to the Saint, it'll be sooner. As exemplified in "The Careful Terrorist," he can be ruthless in his meting out of justice.

One of the things I enjoy best about the show is Templar's habit of breaking the fourth wall and directly addressing the viewers. This would become a signature gimmick in these early episodes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2010
Roger Moore is an excellent choice for the Saint; and almost all the monochrome episodes have the inestimable advantage of being based on Leslie Charteris's stories, more or less loosely adapted — although some are very loose indeed.

If you'd like to read the originals, here's where you can find them:

01 The Talented Husband — #31: The Saint Around the World
02 The Latin Touch — #29: The Saint in Europe
03 The Careful Terrorist — #32: Thanks To The Saint
04 The Covetous Headsman — #29: The Saint in Europe

05 The Loaded Tourist — #29: The Saint in Europe
06 The Pearls of Peace — #33: Señor Saint
07 The Arrow of God — #30: The Saint on the Spanish Main
08 The Element of Doubt — #34: The Saint To the Rescue

09 The Effete Angler — #30: The Saint On the Spanish Main
10 The Golden Journey — #29: The Saint in Europe
11 The Man Who Was Lucky — #21:
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