Episode #93 - 5-22

Island of Chance

CAST:
Sue Lloyd - Marla Clayton
David Bauer - Dr. Charles Krayford
Patricia Donahue - Arlene Bland
Alex Scott - Jan Vanderfelt
Thomas Baptiste - Grant
Christopher Carlos - Inspector
Richard Owens - Cody
Kenneth Gardiner - Rig

Directed by Leslie Norman; Screenplay by Leigh Vance

STORY:
Simon travels to the Caribbean by request of a friend. But before he can tell his story to Templar he is murdered. Frank Cody worked for Dr. Charles Krayford. The Saint soon makes the acquaintance of photojournalist who has an appointment for an interview. Simon accompanies her. Krayford tries to find a way to make humanity immune to disease. But to finance his researches he has a dark secret...

OPINION: Although Leslie Charteris didn't like it (see below) this is one of my favourite episodes.

NOTES:
* Sue Lloyd also appears in Episode #31 "Luella" (as Susan Lloyd)
* Patricia Donahue also appears in Episode #12 "The Charitable Countess"
* Thomas Baptiste also appears in Episode #7 "The Arrow of God" and probably Episode #43 "The Scorpion" (uncredited)
* Alex Scott also appears in Episode #19 "The Work of Art", #107 "The House on Dragon's Rock" and #113/114 "Vendetta for the Saint"
* Alex Scott also appears in the first "The Persuaders" episode "Overture"
* David Bauer also appears in Episode #8 "The Element of Doubt", #15 "Judith", #20 "Iris" and #38 "The Ever-Loving Spouse"
* Christopher Carlos also appears in Episode #60 "Sibao"
* Richard Owens also appears in Episode #107 "The House on Dragon's Rock"
* Kenneth Gardiner also appears in Episode #102 "The Desperate Diplomat"
* Originally titled "The White Tuxedo"
David Bauer gives an convincing performance as Dr. Charles Krayford.
The blue screen scenes with the jeep looks quite false. (0:46)

Robert S. Baker: <<But by the time we came to the end of the series we were often writing the scenes in the office and sending them straight down to the floor to shoot. [...]
One of the last episodes we did, Island of Chance, Harry [Junkin] was practically finishing off the script as they shot it downstairs. In the story the three characters were wandering through caves and one of them says, 'What's that I smell?' I wrote back, 'It's the script!' gave it to Harry and he cracked up.>> (Simper, p.21)

Leslie Charteris, 6th October 1966: <<Frankly, this read to me like the kind of farrago of lurid nonsense and hackneyed maneuvers that any writer in search of a potboiling assignment could slapdash out in half an hour with the aid of a couple of highballs.>> (Barer, p.145)
Leslie Charteris, 13th January 1967: <<The script of "Island of Chance" has eliminated, thank heaven, most of the outright garbage which I indicated in the synopsis. [...]
No snake goes looking for trouble, and anybody who counted on one to perform a murder for him by seeking out and gratuitously attacking a sleeping human would be as optimistic as if he relied on a bee released in the same room to sting a man. [...]
With everything fixed up, this show may drag itself up from the original trash to the dizzy heights of average TV mediocrity.>> (Barer, p.148)

AIRDATE:
UK: 7th April 1967

GERMAN TITLE:
Zum Segen der Menschheit

AVAILABLE ON:
* VHS (PAL): ITC 1042 (1993)
* DVD (NTSC): AAE-70351 (2001)

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Last Updated: 05/02/2004