The Saint

Season 6 Episode 9

The House on Dragon's Rock

Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1968 on ITV
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The House on Dragon's Rock

In Wales an experiment terrifies the local villagers.

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  • Simon visits a friend in a remote Welsh village, only to find the locals terrorized by recent events.

    The House On Dragon's Rock is probably the silliest and least believable Saint episode ever made.

    The episode starts promisingly though with Simon visiting a friend who has asked for his help in discovering the reason for some strange events which occur around the house on Dragon's Rock. A local shepherd is missing, but is soon discovered in a traumatized state and unable to speak. Simon meets the niece of the chief scientist who works at the mysterious house on Dragon's Rock and learn they are carrying out experiments in Genetics.

    Simon pays a visit to the house and comes back convinced that the experiments are the cause of all the trouble. Eventually we learn that the scientist has bred a giant ant, who having laid some eggs will enable ants to rule the world. Simon sets out to kill the ant, the scientist gets killed by the ant, Simon destroys the eggs and saves the world, hurrah!

    Any story that tries to show a monster will inevitably have a problem with trying to make it look realistic. With the sort of budget these shows had it was impossible to make the ant look believable.

    The plot was a standard mad scientist who wants to rule/destroy the world and as such was a cliché.

    Roger Moore directed this episode and to be fair he didn't do a bad job, but silk purses and sows ears spring to mind. Never mind, it was still good fun, well sort of.moreless
Anthony Bate

Anthony Bate

Dr. Charles Sardon

Guest Star

Annette Andre

Annette Andre

Carmen Grant

Guest Star

Mervyn Johns

Mervyn Johns

Dr. Rhys Davis

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Simon: Wales is a land of mountains and scudding clouds. A land of brooding mystery steeped in the past. A land of song and sorcery. It is the home of Merlin, King Arthur's master magician. and unpronounceable names.

    • Sardon: These village lads are always frightened by things they don't understand.
      Carmen: They're not lads, they're perfectly decent human beings.
      Sardon: My dear child, there is no such thing as a perfectly decent human being.

    • Armstrong: I don't think you should see him.
      Sardon: Oh, my dear Armstrong, Simon Templar's not the sort of man one just brushes to one side like a tradesman. It'd be very foolish not to see him.

    • Sardon: I've always wanted to meet you. I, uh, like the way you do things.
      Simon: I hope you'll continue to.
      Sardon: That sounds almost threatening.
      Simon: Oh, not at all.

    • Simon: And you've no explanation?
      Sardon: None. Would you expect me to have?
      Simon: Perhaps.
      Sardon: I would have thought a man of your education would know better.
      Simon: I would have thought a man of your education, doctor, would have known everything.

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