Episode #116 - 6-19

The Man Who Gambled with Life

CAST:
Clifford Evans - Keith Longman
Jayne Sofiano - Stella Longman
Veronica Carlson - Vanessa Longman
Steven Berkoff - Carl
Valentine Palmer - Ronald
John D. Collins - Chick
Iain Blair - Morris
Hedger Wallace - Ian
David Kelsey - Dennis

Directed by Freddie Francis; Screenplay by Harry W. Junkin

STORY:
Wealthy industrialist Keith Longman is dying soon because of his weak heart. Therefore he devises a plan to freeze himself with liquid nitrogen until a cure is found. His first experiment with a mouse is a success. Now he needs a human guinea-pig. Templar looks like the perfect candidate for that. This is why he tries to lure him in with both of his daughters. Not surprisingly the Saint has his own plans...

NOTES:
* Steven Berkoff also appears in Episode #113/114 "Vendetta for the Saint". He would later appear opposite Roger in "Octopussy" (1983), opposite Sean Connery in Outland (1981) and as the villain in "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)
* Iain Blair also appears in Episode #104 "The Double Take"
* Hedger Wallace also appears in Episode #98 "The Gadic Collection"
There is a cut right before Roger Moore gets out of the car - I wonder why? (0:00)
You can see the painted background in front of the apartment's door. (0:04)
Why does the guard talk to Simon? He must know that Templar will paralyze him with the nerve gas anyway! (0:31)
The scene with the dead ape is spoiled both by the cheap ape costume and the breathing of the actor inside it! (0:43)
Longman doesn't look very frozen... his eyelids are trembling! (0:49)

Robert S. Baker: <<We did one episode when the villain has himself frozen as he knows he is going to die, you see. Anyway, there's this scene in a laboratory with the villain in a sort of glass coffin, frozen over with ice, and Roger walked in and said 'Good morning, Mr Birdseye.' It cracked the whole crew up!>> (Owen & Bayan, p.48)

AIRDATE:
UK: 26th January 1969

AVAILABLE ON:
* DVD (NTSC): AAE-70546 (2002)

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Last Updated: 10/08/2004