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"The Saint" Vendetta for the Saint: Part 1 (1969)

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Original Air Date:
5 January 1969 (Season 6, Episode 15)
One man against the mighty mafia!
Templar is having a drink at a bar in Naples when he witnesses a mêlée between two of the customers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT (Jim O’Connolly, 1969) **1/2 See more (6 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roger Moore ... Simon Templar

Ian Hendry ... Alessandro Destamio
Rosemary Dexter ... Gina Destamio
Aimi MacDonald ... Lily
George Pastell ... Marco Ponti
Marie Burke ... Donna Maria

Fulton Mackay ... James Euston
Peter Kristof ... Giorgio
Peter Madden ... Lo Zio
Guy Deghy ... Maresciallo
Eileen Way ... The Maid

Edward Evans ... The Bank Manager
Malya Nappi ... The Bank Clerk
Charles Houston ... Hotel Reception Clerk
Salmaan Peerzada ... Airline Clerk (as Salmaan Peer)
Derek Sydney ... Maitre 'D'
Gábor Baraker ... Barman (as Gabor Baraker)
Agath Angelos ... Doorman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pauline Chamberlain ... Lady in Club (uncredited)
Maxwell Craig ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Leslie Crawford ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jim O'Connolly 
Writing credits
Leslie Charteris (by)

Harry W. Junkin (screenplay) and
John Kruse (screenplay)

Leslie Charteris (original story)

Produced by
Robert S. Baker .... producer
Johnny Goodman .... associate producer
Roger Moore .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Edwin Astley 
Cinematography by
Brendan J. Stafford (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bert Rule 
Casting by
Judith Jourd 
Art Direction by
Ivan King 
Makeup Department
Elsie Alder .... hairdressing supervisor
George Blackler .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Victor Peck .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gino Marotta .... assistant director
Art Department
Pamela Cornell .... set dresser
Sound Department
Bill Rowe .... recordist (as Billy Rowe)
Len Shilton .... recordist
Wilfred Thompson .... dubbing editor (as Wilf Thompson)
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director (uncredited)
Leslie Crawford .... fight arranger
Rick Lester .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Lowin .... camera operator
Mike Tomlin .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Masada Wilmot .... wardrobe
Music Department
Leslie Charteris .... composer: original theme
Edwin Astley .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Josie Fulford .... continuity
Harry W. Junkin .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min | 94 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT (Jim O’Connolly, 1969) **1/2, 29 May 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Given director O’Connolly’s background in B-movies, he perhaps results in being more at ease with the low-budget requirements of this one (emanating from its TV origins): nevertheless, it effectively utilizes several European locations – including passing off Malta (even my hometown puts in a prominent appearance during a scuffle 20 minutes into the film!) as Palermo; incidentally, star Roger Moore would also come over here for the WWI adventure SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (1976) – incidentally, both films were made at a time when my country was still a British colony.

Anyway, the plot finds Simon Templar facing off with the Mafia – but, at the same time, aiding their cause by uncovering an imposter in their midst (at a rather precarious time for them, since they’re being assembled to elect a new Don). The accents throughout are fairly risible, though Ian Hendry is decent as a would-be mobster…but, then, Finlay Currie plays the dying Mafia head?! As was the case with THE FICTION-MAKERS (1968), The Saint is romanced and helped by a couple of girls – one of whom is Hendry’s moll and the other (played by lovely Rosemary Dexter) his niece. Despite her English-sounding name, the latter was actually Pakistani by birth and, curiously enough, most of her career was spent in Italian exploitation fare (her facial features looked familiar enough but, frankly, I had forgotten all about her appearance in Jess Franco’s MARQUIS DE SADE’S JUSTINE [1968] myself!).

Resolving itself into a number of confrontations and chases, the narrative obviously takes an altogether different route from its caper-type predecessor – and manages to be more involving by having the hero make a personal issue out of the case (hence the title). Even so, I have to admit that his characterization isn’t very clearly defined – certainly not in the way James Bond was (or would be for Moore when he took the role himself)…and it doesn’t help, either, that I haven’t watched the 1997 big-screen incarnation of Leslie Charteris’ creation directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Val Kilmer!

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