Episode #99 - 6-2

The Best Laid Schemes

CAST:
Sylvia Syms - Arlene
Paul Daneman - Dr. Ormsby
Gabrielle Drake - Diana
Norman Bird -  Inspector Mitchell
Fulton Mckay - John Everett
John Tate - Skinner
Godfrey Quigley - Ballard
Francis de Wolff - Capt. Flemming
Fredric Abbott - Joe Carney
Geoffrey Lumsden - Coroner
Erik Mason - Sailor

Directed by John Llewelyn Moxey; Screenplay by Joseph Morhaim & A. Sandford Wolf

STORY:
Old captain Fleming is found drowned by his niece at the beach. Simon witnesses this and offers his help.
Simon delves into a story of deceit around the captain's fishing company.
What more - the dead captain seems suddenly not so dead anymore!

OPINION: When first seen this episode is really creepy! Turn down the lights!

NOTES:
* Sylvia Syms also appears in Episodes #29 "The Noble Sportsman", #42 "Jeaninne" and #109/110 "The Fiction Makers"
* Gabrielle Drake was later a regular of the series "UFO"
* Fulton Mackay also appears in Episodes #77 "The Convenient Monster" and #113/114 "Vendetta for the Saint"
* John Tate also appears in Episodes #46 "The Loving Brothers" and #65 "The Crooked Ring"
* Godfrey Quigley also appears in Episodes #25 "The Sporting Chance", #57 "The Sign of the Claw" and #74 "The Russian Prisoner"
* Fredric Abbott also appears in Episodes #22 "The Rough Diamonds" (uncredited) and #78 "The Angel's Eye" (credited as Frederick Abbott)
* Eric Mason also appears in Episode #85 "Escape Route"
* Norman Bird also appears in Episodes #24 "The Well Meaning Mayor", #59 "The Frightened Inn-Keeper" and #103 "The Organization Man"
Note the stand-in on the beach and Roger Moore in front of the blue screen! (0:01)
Seems like almost the whole funeral was filmed in the studio. (0:05)
If we already know the solution of the story - why does the captain's wife react like she does in the nightly "appearance"? Nobody's watching her!? (0:19)
* Niece Diana arrives much too fast after the scream in the nightly "appearance" of the captain. Seems like she waited at the top of the stair!
Look closely at the scene with the knife thrown at the Saint! You'll notice the string and also that it was filmed backwards. (0:29)

Leslie Charteris, 11th March 1967: <<I have to note that this is yet another script in which the Saint gets involved by sheer wild coincidence, just happening to be on the spot when a body is washed up. The Saint in the stories is always looking for trouble. Are all your writers incapable of devising a plot in which the Saint is intrigued by something he hears, or reads about in the paper, and deliberately sets out to investigate?>> (Barer, p.147)

AIRDATE:
UK: 29th September 1968

GERMAN TITLE:
S.T. und der tote Kapitän

AVAILABLE ON:
* DVD (NTSC): AAE-70465 (2002)

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Last Updated: 05/22/2017