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The Saint – The Early Years: Set Two (1963)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: B



The rollout of the original black and white episodes of Roger Moore as Simon Templar in The Saint continues with The Early Years: Set Two.  The show begins to pick up its tempo taking advantage of Moore’s wit and personality here.  This new set includes 12 hour-long episodes, in the original order of British broadcast, though one of our British lists show some 1963 shows absent and a few from 1964 included to boot.  Special actors of note follow certain shows’ titles:


1)     The Fellow Traveler (Dawn Addams and Ray Austin)

2)     Starring The Saint (Jackie Collins, Ivor Dean as David Brown and Wensley Pithey as Teal)

3)     Judith (Julie Christie)

4)     Teresa

5)     The Elusive Ellshaw

6)     Marcia

7)     The Work Of Art

8)     Iris

9)     The King Of The Beggars (Oliver Reed & Warren Mitchell)

10)  The Rough Diamonds

11)  The Saint Plays With Fire (Robert Brown)

12)  The Well-Meaning Mayor

13)  The Sporting Chance

14)  The Bunco Artists

15)  The Benevolent Burglary

16)  The Wonderful War



Peter Yates and John Moxey directed some of the shows, along with the in-house regulars and with Moore having to pass on Dr. No (1962) as Sean Connery’s James Bond took off; this show was in prime position to be one of the first to capitalize on it.  The fact that some name people turned up before going on to big screen success did not hurt either.  I enjoyed this set a bit more than the previous one, helped by the fact that the condition of the prints and their soundtracks have survived as well as they have is great.  That Moore was so funny even then is a bonus.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image is looking good for its age, though some fine detail is missing, but looks fine otherwise.  This set is more than comparable with monochrome action shows on DVD at the time like Danger Man and the 1965 Avengers also from A&E, also reviewed elsewhere on this site.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is an upgrade of the original monophonic sound and despite some stridentness, is not bad.  The Edwin Astley score first appeared in these shows that held up into the height of the Spy craze.  The only extra offered here is a repeat of the last set, including text on Moore and a history of the character previously offered on the color shows.  A few more sets are due to follow and we’ll get to them as they arrive.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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