A revolutionary new textile formula gets stolen and the developer's daughter asks Simon for help.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hobart Quennel
Justine Lord ...
Andrea Quennel
Walter Devan
Calvin Gray
Madeline Gray
Jim Morgen
Michael Robbins ...
Cy Imberline (as Edward Bishop)
Nicholas Pennell ...
Intelligent Undergraduate
David Jackson ...
Husky Undergraduate
Robert Bruce ...
Detective Inspector Malloy


The Saint is approached by yet another damsel in distress, this time Madeline Gray who tells him that her father has invented a chemical called Process G, which she believes his business associate Hobart Quennel is out to steal. Quennel explains that the invention is worthless but the Saint is unconvinced particularly when Gray disappears and later Madeline is herself kidnapped, both by Quennel. With the help of Quennel's daughter the Saint goes to his house where he forces Quennel, at gunpoint, to admit that if Process G is manufactured he will be ruined. But one of Quennel's henchmen attacks the Saint, knocking him unconscious, and he comes to in a cellar, tied up along with the Grays.He is told that he must persuade Gray to let Quennel have the formula for his process or they will all die. Written by don @ minifie-1

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13 November 1964 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The series at its best
7 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Though a long time fan of this series, I'm sometimes disappointed at the lack of imagination with which Leslie Charteris's novels and stories were adapted and developed, the version of THE MIRACLE TEA PARTY I saw recently being a case in point (see review). On the other hand this is an excellent adaptation of a book originally set in the U.S in wartime. It was no surprise to see it was the work of John Kruse, whose scripts even managed to evoke the warm admiration of the famously hard to please Charteris. It starts with a piece of self mockery, the like of which was often to be found in the books, but rarely on TV, with two characters at the hotel bar espying the Saint and wryly predicting he will be approached by some damsel in distress, seconds before he actually is. Apart from the welcome touches of humour, Kruse has fashioned an intelligent plot that never flags for an instant; you can really never guess what's going to happen next, or who is the villain behind it all, or what is his purpose. It is rare for a plot in a series such as this to be as implicitly critical of big business and capitalism, though both Kruse in HELL DRIVERS and Charteris in some of his 1930s stories had been so before. A strong cast includes Geoffrey Keen in a typically incisive and authoritative performance, Peter Vaughan at his most menacing, as well as the glamorous Justine Lord, who gained a lot of male fans in the 1960s and early 1970s, but then disappeared from the screen. Fun too, to see Michael Robbins of On the Buses fame as a gun-toting thug.

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