Episode #14 - 2-2

Starring the Saint

CAST:
Ronald Radd - Byron Ufferlitz
Wensley Pithey - Teal
Alfred Burke - Jack Groom
Monica Stevenson - Peggy Warden
Alexander Davion - Orland Flane
Paul Whitsun-Jones - Vic Lazaroff
Jerry Stovin - Bob Kendricks
Ivor Dean - David Brown
John Dunbar - Sgt. Graham
Brian Weske - Cabbie
Jackie Collins - April Quest
John Gayford - Barman
John Martin - Medical Examiner
Bryan Marshall - P.C. Burns

Directed by James Hill; Screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
Adapted from "Hollywood" by Leslie Charteris

STORY:
A movie is planned about the life of Simon Templar... and the title role is offered to the Saint himself! Ruthless producer Byron Ufferlitz kicks out former star Orland Flane, offers Simon the contract and arranges a publicity date with his star April Quest. During the evening with Ms. Quest Templar gets a note to urgently come visit Ufferlitz - only to find him dead... murdered!
Was this Flane's revenge for not getting the leading role... or director Groom's way of getting out of his contract? The Saint's investigations are hampered by the always mistaken Inspector Teal...

NOTES:
* The second actor to play Inspector Teal was Wensley Pithey, after Campbell Singer in Episode #11 "The Man Who Was Lucky". Ivor Dean who also appears in this episode would later take on the role of Chief Inspector Teal. Read more on the cast page.
* Ronald Radd also appears in Episodes #92 "Simon and Delilah" and #115 "The Ex-King of Diamonds"
* Alfred Burke also appears in Episode #28 "The Wonderful War"
* Alexander Davion also appears in Episode #16 "Teresa"
* Paul Whitsun-Jones also appears in Episodes #10 "The Golden Journey", #16 "Teresa" and #52 "The Damsel in Distress"
* Jerry Stovin also appears in Episodes #60 "Sibao" and #62 "The Happy Suicide"
* Bryan Marshall also appears in Episode #100 "Invitation to Danger"
* Jackie Collins has written several famous novels and is the sister of actress Joan Collins.
This shot with the studio exterior was also used in Episodes #18 "Marcia" and #54 "The Set-Up". (0:01)
A sticky tape is on the back of the typewriter - probably to avoid "product placement" with the brand name of the manufacturer. (0:06)
The photo of actress Jeanne Moody on the wall... ...was also used in Episode #38 "The Ever-Loving Spouse" and... ...in Episode #18 "Marcia" [The latter two submitted by Wojciech Trojanowski] . (0:09)
Compared to other newspaper props in the series, this is a bad one. You can see where the news report about Ufferlitz's death was glued over the actual newspaper. (0:29)
* You can listen to the isolated music & audio track of this episode on the Umbrella DVD release.

Ivor Dean to the Saint Mystery Magazine: <<I was the unpleasant lawyer, and Teal was played by Wensley Pithey. I was supposed to look degenerate, so the makeup man got to work on me, gave me a few lines on my face and did something to my eyes to provide an air of debauchery. I hope I don't really look in the least like that.>> (Barer, p.125)

AIRDATE:
UK: 26th September 1963

AVAILABLE ON:
* DVD (PAL): Umbrella DAVID0499 (2003)

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Last Updated: 03/29/2017