The Saint - The Early Episodes, Set 1
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- All 12 black-and-white episodes from the debut season
- The history of The Saint
- Roger Moore biography and filmography
- Photo gallery
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The Talented Husband
The Latin Touch
The Careful Terrorist
The Covetous Headsman
The Loaded Tourist
The Pearls Of Peace
The Arrow Of God
The Element Of Doubt
The Effete Angler
The Golden Journey
The Man Who Was Lucky
The Charitable Countess
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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: ...Read more ›
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This is the B&W sampling of Roger Moore's "The Saint". You'll love every minute of it.
He talks to the viewer making you part of the show.
Love this hard-to-find product. However, I noticed on volume 2 of the 3 disc set, the description for one of the episodes was way off. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by B. J. Ford
It is my understanding that the B&W episodes included here were the ones shown in the USA. The Series had been on a while in the UK and there are many more episodes that American... Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Charles Hall
The early episodes are the best ones. Great show especially for fans of Roger Moore or classic 60's spy/action shows. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by John R.
I enjoyed these episodes very much, good to see the episodes I fondly remember seeing on TV when I was a child. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Glenn Tishler
The Saint follows the adventures of an adventurer in a very popular series of books. Especially in the early years of the show, where the stories more or less followed the plots of... Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Brent Butler
I love the way Roger Moore starts out
the show by talking directly to the
viewers. The plot and action of each
show is interesting. Read more
After seeing the price for set I and set II, I am glad I had the good sense of taping the entire series of the Saint on late night t.v ten years ago! Read morePublished on April 17, 2009 by Robert J. Quigley
These are great episodes. If you like crime/mystery type shows, this is a good bet, especially if you like Roger Moore. I also like the international settings. Very cool.Published on December 26, 2008 by Steve in Memphis
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