The Saint (1962–1969)
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The Talented Husband 

Simon finds himself with a glamorous partner when circumstances lead him into protecting a lovely woman from her wife-killing husband.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Simon Templar
... John Clarron
... Adrienne Halberd
... Madge Clarron
... Mario
... Dr. Sprague
... Mr. Smith
... Gilbert
... Ticket Collector
... Chemist


Madge, a friend of the Saint, has recently married John Clarron, an ex-actor and unsuccessful playwright and is now an invalid following an accident in which a heavy pot fell on her. Simon goes to visit her at her home in Cookham on the river Thames and meets Adrienne Halberd. She is an insurance investigator, very interested in Clarron since his first two wives, both heavily insured, died in suspicious circumstances. The Clarrons employ an old Irish house-keeper, Mrs. Jafferty, but when Clarron is away in London Simon and Adrienne search the house and the lady is nowhere to be found. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

4 October 1962 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode has two actors who would go on to have eternal associations with the James Bond series. As well as Roger Moore, there is also Shirley Eaton, who would play Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964), the Bond girl with the most famous death of all, covered head to toe in gold paint. Eton would make two further appearances in The Saint. See more »


Simon Templar aka The Saint: It's all very simple, I don't like being a cog in the machine!
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Very Slick
16 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

This first episode in this Roger Moore series is notable for being veteran actress Patricia Roc's last appearance in film or television. She is astonishingly good in the role of Madge Clarron, a rich woman married to a former actor and money losing producer; nicely played by Derek Farr. You rarely see their kind of nuanced acting in a 1960's television show.

Poor Madge is confined to her bed after a household accident (?) and her husband discourages all visitors. A suspicious Simon is assisted by a female insurance investigator-played by "Goldfinger''s" Shirley Eaton. The other notable thing being the tight pants Eaton wears in a sequence midway through the episode.

There are enough early clues to tip most viewers off to the mystery, but even in the absence of suspense it is very interesting to watch as the intricate murder plot unfolds.

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