The Saint

Season 2 Episode 19


Aired Unknown Jan 23, 1964 on ITV
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A friend of Simon's is blackmailed after he decides to have some fun while his wife is away.

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  • "Saint" B&W comedy at its finest.

    There are some who believe that the black and white era of The Saint is a sanctum for the best of English drama and shall be nothing else. "Luella" proves that the B&W era could be an equal host to fantastic comedy - with this episode forming the pinnacle.

    We are greeted to an excellent, if not scene-stealing guest role by David Hedison - . Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die. He almost overwhelms the first half of the episode, in the best manner possible. He's the life of the party (and a naughty boy) and brilliantly ridiculous in both capacities.

    Templar steps in around the second act, in an attempt to reverse-blackmail those who blackmailed Hedison initially. Despite the fact that Templar's disguise is not entirely believable, he's most amusing in the part - not to mention that he knows how to use instant karma purely for his own amusement.

    Hedison and Lloyd (Suzanne - not Sue - an interesting coincidence in names) also play off each other well (particularly when she's throwing vases at him), and the frantic music cues - apparently unique to this episode - make it all the funnier. Hedison even loses his cool with Templar - if only for a brief moment - and even this is executed with maximum comedic effect.

    Also quite interesting are the numerous prophetic references to Live & Let Die:

    -David Hedison and Roger Moore as buddies.

    -Templar pretending to be James Bond. It is thanks to this reference that this story begins AND ends with the Saint's halo and music cue - the perfect way to wrap up the episode.

    -Miss Hill's referencing Hedison as a member of the FBI. A close enough reference to Hedison's later CIA role, if you ask me.

    I can only fault this episode in one way - why should Hedison even consider fooling around if married to Suzanne Lloyd? What an idiot!moreless

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    • Simon: I'm waiting for an old friend, whom I haven't seen for ten years. And whose been married for nine. The question is, what's his wife like? Will she like me? I think maybe she will. Most women like a man with a bad reputation. Mind you, I'm not really bad. It's just I'm not troubled by my wicked thoughts. In fact I rather enjoy them. It's all perfectly natural. Man may have evolved from the trees but his eyes still swing from limb to limb.

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