The Saint (1962–1969)
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The Element of Doubt 

Simon settles an account with a corrupt American attorney, using his own methods of justice to do so.


John Ainsworth


Leslie Charteris (by), Norman Borisoff (screenplay by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Moore ... Simon Templar
David Bauer ... Carlton Rood
Alan Gifford ... Inspector Fernack
Margaret Vines ... Agnes Yarrow
Bill Nagy ... Joe Sholto
Ken Wayne ... Gilroy
Anita West ... Mary Hammond
Robert O'Neil ... Willis Burnham (as Robert O'Neill)
Stella Bonheur ... Miss Donaldson
Graydon Gould ... Stan Johnson
Basil Howes ... Judge
Alister Williamson ... Dibs Brown (as Alistair Williamson)
John Bloomfield ... Court Clerk
Sarah Brackett ... Nurse
Victor Chenet ... Jury Foreman


Crooked lawyer Carlton Rood gets Joe Sholto off the hook for burning down his warehouse for the insurance money. A cop was killed and a cleaning lady blinded in the process but Rodd confuses her in court, winning his client's freedom. The Saint decides to exact his own form by justice by making Sholto believe that Rood is about to rat on him for a reward, thus putting 'the element of doubt' into his mind. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

22 November 1962 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At about 4 minutes in, as the two men were entering the warehouse to burn it the microphone cable could be seen being dragged in behind one of them. See more »


Carlton Rood: So, Agnes Yarrow is the only witness...
Joe Sholto: That's right.
Carlton Rood: And she's still in the hospital?
Joe Sholto: Yeah. Carl, supposing something happens to her before the trial?
Carlton Rood: As things stand now Joseph, getting you an acquittal would be very difficult. Don't make it impossible!
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Kill all the lawyers
12 April 2006 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

Strange early entry in this long series as apart from the introductory segment at the beginning, the Saint doesn't make a big appearance until we are well into the story. Not a bad thing as the rest of the cast shine in this, a particularly good turn by David Bauer as the nauseous, slimy criminal lawyer, Carlton Rood. You just can't wait for this creepy piece of work to get what's coming to him.

When Simon does turn up, the plot has been well laid out, Carlton Rood has got crooked, murdering businessman, Joe Sholto, off scot-free, due to his legal machinations. Simon soon devises a scheme to turn the tables on both men to bring them to justice.

Good well worked out story with a suitably pleasing conclusion. Although Roger Moore's American accent when pretending to be a writer, does leave something to be desired!

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