Episode #96 - 5-25

The Power Artists

Pauline Munro - Cassie
George Murcell - Vogler
Tristram Jellinek - Finlay-Thorp-Jones
Peter Bourne - Perry
John Bown - Shard
John J. Carney - Clay
George Roubicek - Carter
Alan Haywood - Sgt. Knox
Anthony Dawes - The Clerk
Charles Rea - Jack
Tommy Godfrey - The Taxi Driver
Michael Pemberton - The Policeman
Caron Gardner - Dolly Girl
Charlotte Selwyn - Dolly Girl
John Bull - Boy with Banjo
Edward Higgins - Doorman
Leslie Crawford - (uncredited)

Directed by Leslie Norman; Screenplay by John Kruse

Simon visits the studio of modern artist Perry Loudon. He accuses the Saint of taking his girl friend away. Suddenly Loudon is killed and the Saint stunned. When Templar wakes up he hears police sirens - he has been framed. When chief inspector Teal arrives the dead body is gone... Simon makes the acquaintance of the artist Cassie who helps him to find the man who tried to blame a murder on him.

OPINION: Like its prequel Episode #88 "The Death Game" I don't like it very much. There's some good and pointed dialogue in it though. It grows really bad when all of the young people appear.

* originally titled "Powermonger"
* This is the sequel to Episode #88 "The Death Game"
* George Murcell also appears in Episode #69 "The Saint Bids Diamonds" and #88 "The Death Game" (same role)
* Alan Haywood also appears in Episode #95 "A Double in Diamonds" (same role)
* Caron Gardner also appears in Episodes #39 "The Saint Sees it through" and #109/110 "The Fiction Makers"
* Charlotte Selwyn also appears in Episode #102 "The Desperate Diplomat"
* Michael Pemberton also appears in Episode #104 "The Double Take"
   Note how Templar's number appears in two different locations on the wall - one on the top (0:11) and one above the phone (0:15) - both can be seen in a wideangle shot. They needed these for the two different shots of the wall.
* When you know the layout of the back lot it's funny how often they used it in this episode. Sometimes it's just on the opposite side of the street from the scene before. Perry's flat (0:14) is right next to the death scene for Templar's double (0:16) - note the placement of the telephone cell in both scenes.
The double doors were frequently used as a set item in the colour episodes.

Leslie Charteris: <<[...] is a typical John Kruse synopsis, and should make a good - and in this case very amusing - show. At this stage of development, I didn't find anything in the outline to criticize.>> (Barer, p.150)

Dolly Girl: "Hey, you're a model?" Simon: "No, I'm life-size!"

UK: 19th May 1967

* VHS (PAL): ITC 1041 (1992)
* DVD (NTSC): AAE-70352 (2001)


Last Updated: 02/24/2018