The Saint (1962–1969)
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The Latin Touch 

Simon goes to the help of an American girl who is being over-charged by a taxi-driver in Rome - and becomes involved in a kidnapping case, with dramatic developments.


John Gilling


Leslie Charteris (by), Gerald Kelsey (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Moore ... Simon Templar
Alexander Knox ... Governor Hudson Inverest
Doris Nolan ... Maude Inverest
Bill Nagy ... Tony Unciello
Warren Mitchell ... Marco Di Cesari
Peter Illing ... Inspector Buono
Marie Burke ... Signora Unciello
Suzan Farmer ... Sue Inverest
Robert Easton ... Benson
Carole Simpson ... Maria (as Carroll Simpson)
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Ada Harmer (as Anita Sharp Bolster)
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Eddie Harmer
Roy Patrick ... Georgio
David Calderisi ... Vittorio
Tony Arpino Tony Arpino ... Warder


Holidaying in Rome, the Saint befriends Sue Inverest, the daughter of American governor Hudson Inverest, who is later kidnapped by mobster Tony Unciello. Unciello is demanding Inverest order the reprieve of another gangster, his brother, on Death Row in an American jail. The Saint discovers where Sue is being held and purposely has himself caught by Unciello in a plot that will utilize a little Latin touch. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

11 October 1962 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first of three appearances of Warren Mitchell as Marco Di Cesari. See more »


At the Coliseum: When Marco agrees to wait for Simon Templar and Sue Inverest he gets in his taxi and it moves off...without the engine starting. See more »


Simon Templar: Depending on how you feel, Rome is either the most historic city in the world or it's a city of yells, bells and smells where every street vendor and sidewalk photographer is out to make a fast buck from the unsuspecting tourist.
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One of the Weaker Episodes
17 December 2008 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

One of the weakest episodes of the series. The producers of this type of show were convinced that 1960's viewers got off on faked exotic locations and dumpy blonde's; this episodes suffers from both. Unfortunately neither the story nor the guest stars are top shelf so Moore has to carry things, with a bit of comic relief help from his Italian sidekick Taxi driver (played by Warren Mitchell).

The Saint is knocked out in Rome during the kidnapping of a dumpy blonde.

It turns out that she is the daughter of a United States Governor, who is visiting Rome as part of a trade commission. The kidnapper turns out to be the older brother of a death row prisoner back in the Governor's home state. and instead of a ransom he wants a reprieve for his murderer brother. The title comes from Simon's clever use of the Latin language to pass along a clue.

The only notable thing is an appearance by character actor Robert Easton, playing an American embassy official. Unfortunately it is a straight role without his trademark drawl.

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