The Saint is met with a wall of silence when trying to investigate a murder in the remote Italian village of Santa Maria. Only young widow Sophia Castracano agrees to help him unravel the ... See full summary »

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Maurice Denham ...
Prince Lorenzo
Katia Christine ...
Sophia Castracane
Tony Calvin ...
Vincenzo
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Francesca Manelli
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Boldini
Laura De Marchi ...
Dolores Streso
Loris Bazzocchi ...
Mayor Guzzi
Cyrus Elias ...
Moreno
Alba Maiolini ...
Signora Streso
Gianni Baghino ...
Mario (as Giovanni Baghino)
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Boys Mother
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
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The Saint is met with a wall of silence when trying to investigate a murder in the remote Italian village of Santa Maria. Only young widow Sophia Castracano agrees to help him unravel the mystery, going up against Boldoni, the local police chief in the process. Written by don @ minifie-1

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8 October 1978 (UK)  »

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Wall Of Silence
1 July 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

After four mediocre episodes, this is where ( for me at any road ) the show started to pick up. Simon is driving through the Italian countryside when he sees a young woman thrown off a cliff by two men. The victim, Dolores Streso ( Laura De Marchi ) came from the village of Santa Maria, so the Saint goes there to assist in the investigation. The local police chief, Baldoni ( Giancarlo Prete ) is uncooperative, as are the other villagers. Despite repeated requests to leave the area, the Saint stays.

Then a cart is pushed down a steep hill towards him, and he is framed for murder. Just what is going on in the village? With the help of a young widow named Sophia Castracano ( Katia Christine ), the Saint tries to get at the truth...

Leslie Norman ( father of Barry ) was one of the original series' directors, and it was good that he was brought back by the producer, especially as he had undergone cancer treatment which necessitated the removal of his larynx. He does his usual professional job. The location is well chosen; at times 'Santa Maria' puts one in mind of Portmeirion from 'The Prisoner' series, with its twisty streets and distinctive architecture.

The story - by John Goldsmith - is basically an Italian version of the classic 'Avengers' episode 'Murdersville' ( a murder is committed and an entire community gets involved in a cover-up ).

Ogilvy was beginning to hit his stride in the role of 'Templar'. A second season would probably have seen him emerge from Roger Moore's shadow.

That great character actor Maurice Denham plays 'Prince Lorenzo'. Too many credits to name, but he could always be relied upon to give a good performance. Another British actor, Tony Calvin, plays 'Vincenzo'. 'Space: 1999' fans will recognise Giancarlo Prete as 'Dan Mateo' from Season 1's 'The Troubled Spirit'.

Leslie Charteris complained about the proliferation of Italian-based episodes, referring to them as 'Spaghetti Saints'. Robert S.Baker, the producer, pointed out that they were necessary because of the co-production deal with RAI. But when the station tried to impose Italian technicians on the show as well as actors, the deal was called off, and Lew Grade put up the extra cash to finish the show. Quite right too. I'd have hated to have seen 'The Armaggedon Alternative' set in Rome instead of London.


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