Episode #117 - 6-20

Portrait of Brenda

Anna Carteret - Diane Huntley
Anne de Vigier - Josephine
Trevor Bannister - Johnny Fox
Petra Davies - Mrs. White
Marne Maitland - The Guru
Hazel Coppen - Mrs. Blondel
Tina Ruta - Opera Singer
Larry Taylor - Ashok
David Prowse - Tony
Harry Littlewood - Postman

Directed by John Gilling; Screenplay by Harry W. Junkin

Templar has made the acquaintance of a painter a few weeks ago. After he asks the Saint for help Simon finds him murdered in his appartment. The only clue is a painting with a woman called Brenda - who is she? Templar's investigation leads him first to a record studio and then to a mysterious guru.

* Anne de Vigier also appears in the "The Persuaders" episode "Someone Like Me"
* Marne Maitland also appears in Episodes #16 "Teresa", #41 "Lida" and #84 "Flight Plan"
* Marne Maitland also appears in the James Bond movie "The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974)
* Larry Taylor also appears in Episodes #20 "Iris" (uncredited), #30 "The Romantic Matron" (as Laurence Taylor), #51 "The Unkind Philanthropist", #66 "The Smart Detective", #72 "The Queen's Ransom" and #104 "The Double Take" (uncredited)
* Larry Taylor appears in the series "The Persuaders" in the episode "Chain of Events"
* Harry Littlewood also appears in Episode #77 "The Convenient Monster"
David Prowse would later don a famous mask - he was going to play Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy! He also had a small role in the Roger Moore movie "Crossplot" (1969)
The two songs in this episode are "Out to Get You" by Chris Andrews and "You Won't See Me No More" by Gary Osborne.
A small cut can be seen in this scene. (0:08)
Moore quite obviously misses actor Prowse, yet you can nevertheless hear the sound of the punch. (0:16) [Submitted by Robert Verrall]
Similar to episode #116 "The Man Who Gambled with Life" there is also a cut right after the Moore stand-in gets into the car. (0:25)
Note the shirt colours of the band - they do not match with the close-ups    - these come from the other recording scene. (0:34)
You can see him play, but you can't hear him! Why is there a saxophone player in the record studio? (0:35)
The other side of the street is just a painting. (0:36)
This is not really a hole in the windscreen... it's just painted on it. (0:42)

Leslie Charteris, 19th July 1968: <<I'm afraid it isn't in the same street with [Junkin's] last synopsis, "The Man Who Gambled with Life." It tries in the same way to evoke recent headlines, with the guru-pop-singer background, but it finds nothing interesting, intriguing, or unusual to do with them. [...]
And if any freelance had submitted such a mush of nothingness, I try to believe that even Junkin as "script supervisor" would have bounced it.>> (Barer, p.157)

Leslie Charteris, 25th July 1968: <<I would say that the most desperate need in your organization is for a supervisor of "script supervisors.">> (Barer, p.157)

UK: 2nd February 1969

S.T. und der Guru

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


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