Simon Templar (aka "The Saint")

Created by Lesley Charteris (pseudonym of Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin; 1907-1993)

"Pardon me. In the excitement of the moment, and all that sort of thing, I forgot to introduce myself. I'm afraid I've had you at a disadvantage. My name is Templar--Simon Templar," he caught the flash of stark hypnotic fear that blanched the big man's lips, and grinned even more gently. "You may have heard of me. I am the Saint."

-- from The Saint in New York

Adventurer? Con artist? Thief? Spy? Amateur sleuth? Private detective?

In his long and varied career, Lesley Charteris' rogue SIMON TEMPLAR (aka "The Saint") has been all of them, by design or happenstance. He's been hired to steal, to kill, to spy, to follow and yes, to "look into."

And sometimes he does all those things just because he wants to.

But he always does it with wit and style; a certain bemused joie de vire and humour that often drew comparisons again and again to Robin Hood. But don't mistaken him for some happy-go-lucky chucklehead -- while his antecedents might have been such swashbuckling British adventurers like Bulldog Drummond, he also displayed a steely pragmatism and at times cold-blooded ruthlessness that wouldn't be unfamiliar to fans of The Continental Op or James Bond. In short, as originally envisioned, he was a badass.

Hell, several of the short stories and novellas (and there were a ton of them), were published in such iconic American hard-boiled outlets as Black Mask, Detective Fiction Weekly and Manhunt.

Leslie Charteris was born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin in Singapore on May 12th, 1907, but moved with his mother and brother at the age of twelve to England. He studied law, but his legal career was put on hold when his first novel was published. His third book, Meet the Tiger! (which introduced Simon Templar) was written when he was twenty years old. He continued to write about the Saint until 1983. The books, which have been translated into over thirty languages, number nearly a hundred and have sold over forty million copies around the world, and have inspired feature films, TV series and movies, radio series, and a comic strip (originally written by Charteris). A wanderer, much like the Saint himself, Charteris lived in Hollywood, Florida, and finally in England. He was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association in 1992, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. He died the following year.

NOVELS

  • Meet--The Tiger! (1928)
  • Knight Templar (1930; aka "The Avenging Saint")..Buy the book..Kindle it
  • The Last Hero (1930; aka "The Saint Closes the Case")..Buy the book..Kindle it
  • She Was a Lady (1931)
  • Getaway (1932)
  • The Saint in New York (1935)
  • Saint Overboard (1936)
  • Thieves' Picnic (1937)
  • Prelude for War (1938)
  • The Saint in Miami (1941)
  • The Saint Steps In (1944)
  • The Saint Sees It Through (1947)
  • Vendetta for the Saint (1965)
  • The Saint and the Fiction Makers (1969; by John Kruse)
  • The Saint and the People Importers (1971)
  • The Saint in Pursuit (1971)
  • The Saint and the Hapsburg Necklace (1976)
  • The Saint in Trouble (1978; by John Kruse)
  • The Saint and the Templar Treasure (1979)
  • Salvage for the Saint (1983; by John Kruse)
  • Capture the Saint (1997; by Burl Barer)
  • The Saint (1997; by Burl Barer)

SHORT STORIES

  • "The Story of a Dead Man" (March 2, 1929, The Thriller)
  • "The Five Kings" (May 4, 1929, The Thriller; aka "The Man Who Was Clever")
  • "The Man Who Was Clever" (May 4, 1929)
  • "Crook's Cargo" (October 19, 1929, The Thriller; aka "The Lawless Lady")
  • "The Logical Adventure" (May 24 1930, The Thriller; aka "Without Warning")
  • "The Man Who Could Not Die" (October 11, 1930, The Thriller; aka "Treachery")
  • "The Policeman with Wings" (1930, Enter the Saint; revised from "The House on the Moors" August 24, 1929, The Thriller)
  • "Bumped Off" (March 7, 1931, The Thriller; aka "The Impossible Crime")
  • "Inland Revenue" (April 25, 1931, The Thriller; aka "The Masked Menace")
  • "Black Face" (June 6, 1931, The Thriller; aka "The Million Pound Day")
  • "The Kidnapped Killer" (August 8, 1931, The Thriller; aka "The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal")
  • "The Wonderful War" (1931; revised from "The Judgement of the Joker," June 1, 1929, The Thriller)
  • "The Brain Workers" (Aug 21 1932, Empire News; aka "To the Call of Beauty in Distress")
  • "Diamond Cut Diamond" (August 28, 1932, Empire News; aka "The Export Trade")
  • "Shanghaied!" (September 4, 1932, Empire News; aka "The Unblemished Bootlegger")
  • "The Owners' Handicap" (September 11, 1932, Empire News; aka "Won by a Neck")
  • "Double-Cross" (September 18 1932; , Empire News; aka "The Tough Egg")
  • "The Bad Baron" (Sep 25 1932, Empire News)
  • "The Brass Buddha" (October 2, 1932, Empire News)
  • "The Perfect Crime" (October 9, 1932, Empire News; aka "The Perfect Touch)
  • "The Gold Flood" (October 15, 1932, The Thriller; aka "The Gold Standard")
  • "The Appalling Politician" (October 16, 1932, Empire News; aka "Third Degree Fires")
  • "The Mail Swindle" (October 20, 1932, Empire News; aka "The New Swindle")
  • "The Bullying Major" (October 23, 1932, Empire News; aka "The Unpopular Landlord")
  • "The Five Thousand Pound Kiss" (November 6, 1932, Empire News; aka "The 5000 Pound Kiss" and "The Star of Mandalay")
  • "The Blind Spot" (November 13, 1932, Empire News; aka "The Stolen Formulas")
  • "The Man from St. Louis" (November 19, 1932, The Thriller; aka "The Saint -- Hi-Jacker")
  • "The Green Goods Man" (November 21, 1932, Empire News; aka "The Very Green Goods Man")
  • "Case of the Lady Informer" (November 27, 1932, Empire News; aka "The Unusual Ending")
  • "The Man Who Liked Toys" (September 1933, The American Magazine)
  • "The Death Penalty" (Fall 1933, Star Novels Magazine)
  • "The Ingenuous Colonel" (October 1, 1933, Empire News; aka "Keep an Eye on the Clock")
  • "The Unfortunate Financier" (October 8, 1933; Empire News; aka "The Whipping of Uncle Oates")
  • "The Inventions of Oscar Newdick" (October 15, 1933, Empire News; aka "The Newdick Helicopter")
  • "The Prince of Cherkessia" (October 22, Empire News; aka "The Vanishing of Prince Schomy")
  • "The Treasure of Turk's Lane" (October 29, Empire News)
  • "The Slave Driver Sees the Red Light" (November 5, 1933, Empire News; aka "The Sleepless Knight")
  • "The Smashing of Another Racket" (November 12, 1933, Empire News; aka "The Uncritical Publisher")
  • "The Damsel in Distress" (November 19, 1933, Empire News; aka "The Kidnapping of the Fickle Financier")
  • "Green Eyes of the Greedy Brothers" (November 26, 1933, Empire News; aka "The Loving Brother")
  • "The Moustache and the Tea-Cup" (December 3, 1933, Empire News; aka "The Tall Timber")
  • "The Book of Fate" (February 10, 1934, The Thriller; aka "The Simon Templar Foundation")
  • "The Higher Finance" (February 24, 1934, The Thriller; aka "On the Night of the 13th")
  • "After the Murder" (March 24, 1934, The Thriller; aka "The Art of Alibi")
  • "The High Fence" (June 16, 1934, The Thriller; aka "The Man Who Knew")
  • "The Elusive Ellshaw" (July 28, 1934, The Thriller; aka "The Race Train Crime")
  • "The Golden Journey" (September 1934, Harper's Bazaar; revised from Nash's Magazine, 1934)
  • "The Art Photographer" (1934, Boodle)
  • "The Mixture As Before" (1934, Boodle)
  • "The Noble Sportsman" (1934, Boodle)
  • "Date in the Dark" (December 1935, The American Magazine; aka "The Man Who Was Lucky")
  • "All Aboard for Shanghai" (February 1936, The American Magazine; aka "The Rhine Maiden")
  • "The Saint and the Siren" (June 1936, The American Magazine; aka "The Smart Detective")
  • "The Spanish Cow" (July 1936, Pearson's Magazine)
  • "Don't Shoot the Mayor" (August 1936, The American Magazine; aka "The Well-Meaning Mayor")
  • "The Saint in Hollywood" (October 1936, The American Magazine; aka "The Wicked Cousin")
  • "The Return of the Saint" (February 13, 1937, The Thriller; aka "The Spanish War")
  • "The Beauty Specialist" (March 27, 1937, The Thriller; aka "The Z Man")
  • "Lucia" (November 1937, Double Detective; aka "The Saint Sits In")
  • "The Man Who Liked Ants" (December 1937, Double Detective)
  • "The Unlicensed Victuallers" (1937)
  • "The Miracle Tea Party" (January 29, 1938, The Thriller; aka "The T.N.Tea Party")
  • "The Invisible Millionaire" (June 1938, Black Mask)
  • "The Affair of Hogsbotham" (August 6, 1938, Detective Fiction Weekly; aka "The Saint at Bay")
  • "The Charitable Countess" (March 4, 1938, Detective Fiction Weekly)
  • "The Star Producers" (March 18, 1939, Detective Fiction Weekly)
  • "The Mug's Game" (1939)
  • "The Saint in Trouble" (November 1943, Flynn's Detective Fiction; aka "The Sizzling Saboteur")
  • "The Black Market" (March 1944, Black Mask; aka "Murder Goes to Market")
  • "Luella" (October 1946, Rex Stout Mystery Magazine; aka "Operation Luella")
  • "The King of Beggars" (May 1947, The American Magazine)
  • "Lida" (August 1947, EQMM; aka "The Quarterdeck Club")
  • "The Darker Drink" (October 1947, Thrilling Wonder Stories; aka "Dawn")
  • "The Masked Angel" (Winter 1947, Mystery Book Magazine)
  • "Teresa" (1947, New York News; aka "The Uncertain Widow")
  • "Jeannine" (February 1948, Argosy; aka "The Saint and the Lovely Sinner")
  • "Emily" (November 1948, EQMM; aka "Salt on His Tail")
  • "Iris" (Winter 1948, Mystery Book Magazine; aka "The Man Who Murdered Shakespeare")
  • "The Arrow of God" (September 1949, EQMM)
  • "The Loaded Tourist" (March 1953, Manhunt)
  • "The Covetous Headsman" (Spring 1953, The Saint)
  • "The Angel's Eye" (June-July 1953, The Saint)
  • "The Latin Touch" (August-September 1953, The Saint)
  • "The Revolution Racket" (January 1954, The Saint)
  • "The Pearls of Peace" (March 1954, The Saint)
  • "The Unkind Philanthropist" (May 1954, The Saint)
  • "The Talented Husband" (July 1954, The Saint)
  • "The Black Commissar" (September 1954, The Saint)
  • "The Man from Moscow" (September 1954, The Saint; aka "The Black Commissar")
  • "The Old Treasure Hunt" (October 1954, The Saint; aka "The Old Treasure Story")
  • "The Questing Tycoon" (December 1954, The Saint)
  • "The Effete Angler" (February 1955, The Saint)
  • "The Sporting Chance" (April 1955, The Saint)
  • "The Romantic Matron" (June 1955, The Saint)
  • "The Golden Frog" (August 1955, The Saint)
  • "The Pluperfect Lady" (November 1955, The Saint)
  • "The Reluctant Nudist" (January 1956, The Saint)
  • "The Patient Playboy" (March 1956, The Saint)
  • "The Lovelorn Sheikh" (June 1956, The Saint; aka "The Lovelorn Sheik")
  • "The Unescapable Word" (August 1956, The Saint)
  • "The Careful Terrorist" (October 1956, The Saint)
  • "The Bunco Artists" (December 1956, The Saint)
  • "The Gentle Ladies" (February 1957, The Saint)
  • "The Perfect Sucker" (April 1957, The Saint)
  • "The Happy Suicide" (June 1957, The Saint)
  • "The Good Medicine" (September 1957, The Saint)
  • "The Fruitful Land" (December 1957, The Saint)
  • "The Better Mousetrap" (March 1958, The Saint)
  • "The Fast Women" (June 1958, The Saint)
  • "The Percentage Player" (September 1958, The Saint)
  • "The Element of Doubt" (December 1958, The Saint)
  • "The Convenient Monster" (March 1959, The Saint)
  • "The Water Merchant" (June 1959, The Saint)
  • "The Ever-Loving Spouse" (September 1959, The Saint)
  • "The Cleaner Cure" (December 1959, The Saint)
  • "The Saint and the Cleaner Cure" (December 1959, The Saint; aka "The Cleaner Cure")
  • "The Uncured Ham" (September 1961, The Saint)
  • "The Bigger Game" (December 1961, The Saint)
  • "The Intemperate Reformer" (February 1962, The Saint)
  • "The Helpful Pirate" (May 1962, The Saint)
  • "The Ugly Impresario" (August 1962, The Saint)
  • "The Jolly Undertaker" (November 1962, The Saint)
  • "The Prodigal Miser" (April 1963, The Saint)
  • "The Hopeless Heiress" (July 1963, The Saint)
  • "The Russian Prisoner" (October 1963, The Saint)

  • Date Unknown
  • "The Adoring Socialite"
  • "Arizona"
  • "The Art Collectors"
  • "The Benevolent Burglary"
  • "The Case of the Frightened Innkeeper"
  • "The Death Game"
  • "The Dizzy Daughter" (from an original story by D. R. Motton and teleplay by Leigh Vance)
  • "The Gadget Lovers" (from a teleplay by John Kruse)
  • "The Imprudent Professor"
  • "Judith" (revised version of Paris Adventure," January 1934, American Magazine)
  • "The Masterpiece Merchant"
  • "The Midas Double" (by Peter Bloxsom; from a teleplay by John Kruse)
  • "The National Debt" (rewritten from "The Secret of Beacon Inn", April 6, 1929, The Thriller)
  • "Palm Springs"
  • "The Pastorís Problem"
  • "The Pawn Gambit" (by Peter Bloxsom; from a teleplay by Donald James)
  • "The Persistent Patriots"
  • "The Power Artist"
  • "The Red Sabbath"
  • "The Unsaintly Santa"

COLLECTIONS

  • Enter the Saint (1930)...Buy the book..Kindle it
  • Alias the Saint (1931)
  • Featuring the Saint (1931)..Buy the book..Kindle it
  • Wanted for Murder (1931)
  • Once More the Saint (1933)
  • The Brighter Buccaneer (1933; aka "The Saint and Mr. Teal")
  • Boodle (1934)
  • The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal (1934)
  • The Saint Goes On ( 1934)
  • The Ace of Knaves (1937)
  • Follow the Saint (1939)
  • The Happy Highwayman (1939)
  • The Saint Goes West (1942)
  • The Saint at Large (1943)
  • Paging the Saint (1945)
  • The Saint on Guard (1945)
  • Call for the Saint (1948)
  • Saint Errant (1949)
  • Arrest the Saint! (1951)
  • The Second Saint Omnibus (1952)
  • The Saint in Europe (1954)
  • Arrest the Saint (1956)
  • The Saint on the Spanish Main 1956)
  • The Saint Around the World (1957)
  • Concerning the Saint (1958)
  • Thanks to the Saint (1958)
  • The Saint Cleans Up (1959)
  • Senor Saint (1959)
  • The Saint to the Rescue (1961)
  • Trust the Saint (1962)
  • The Saint in the Sun (1964)
  • The Saint on TV (1968)
  • The Saint Returns (1969)
  • The Saint Abroad (1970)
  • Catch the Saint (1975)
  • The Saint in Trouble (1978)
  • The Saint: Good As Gold (1978)
  • Count on the Saint (1980)
  • The Fantastic Saint (1983)

FILMS

  • THE SAINT STRIKES BACK... Buy it on DVD
    (1939)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring George Sanders as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT IN LONDON... Buy it on DVD
    (1939)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring George Sanders as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT'S DOUBLE TROUBLE... Buy it on DVD
    (1940)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring George Sanders as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT TAKES OVER... Buy it on DVD
    (1940)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring George Sanders as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT IN PALM SPRINGS... Buy it on DVD
    (1941)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring George Sanders as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT'S VACATION... Buy it on DVD
    (1943)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring Hugh Sinclair as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT'MEETS THE TIGER... Buy it on DVD
    (1943)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring Hugh Sinclair as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT'S GIRL FRIDAY
    (aka "The Saint's Return")

    (1953)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring Louis Hayward as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT
    (1997)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Written by Jonathan Hensleigh and Wesley Strick
    Directed by Phillip Noyce
    Starring Val Kilmer as THE SAINT

RADIO

  • THE SAINT
    (1940, Radio Athlone)
    6 episodes
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring Terrence DeMarney as THE SAINT

This Irish production was the first known radio adaptation of The Saint.

  • THE SAINT
    (1945, NBC)
    First broadcast: January 4, 1945
    Last broadcast: March 31, 1945
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Writers: Leslie Charteris
    Sponsor: Bromo-Seltzer
    Starring Edgar Barrier as THE SAINT

Early promo promised that "all scripting will be under the supervision of Charteris, who will oversee the adaptations of his published works. If any originals are to be done, he'll do them."

  • THE SAINT
    (1945, CBS)
    13 episodes
    First broadcast: June 20, 1945
    Last broadcast: September 12, 1945
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Sponsor: Campbell's Soup
    Starring Brian Aherne as THE SAINT

Ran as a summer replacement for The Jack Carson Show

  • THE SAINT
    (1947-48, CBS West)
    First broadcast: July 9, 1947
    Last broadcast: June 30, 1948
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Sponsor: Lever Brothers
    Starring Vincent Price as THE SAINT

Vincent Price would customarily close the program with a brief personal message aimed at one of his several pet causes; usually a plea for tolerance and acceptance, and against racial, ethnic and religious discrimination. This continued throughout the subsequent Mutual rebroadcasts and the later show on NBC, and were obviously heartfelt and sincere.

  • THE SAINT
    (1949-50, Mutual)
    First broadcast: July 10, 1949
    Last broadcast: May 28, 1950
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Sponsor: The Ford Motor Company
    Starring Vincent Price as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT
    (1950-51, NBC)
    First broadcast: June 11, 1950
    Last broadcast: October 14, 1951
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Produced by James L. Saphier
    Directed by Helen West
    Sponsor: The Ford Motor Company
    Starring Vincent Price as THE SAINT
  • "Santa Claus Is No Saint" (December 24, 1950)

  • THE SAINT
    (1995, BBC)
    3 episodes
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Written by Neville Teller and Roger Danes
    Starring Paul Rhys as THE SAINT
    Also starring Kim Thompson

TELEVISION

  • THE SAINT
    (1962-69)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring Roger Moore as THE SAINT

  • RETURN OF THE SAINT
    (1978-79)
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring Ian Olgivy as THE SAINT

  • THE SAINT
    (1989)
    6 made-for-TV movies
    Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
    Starring Simon Dutton as THE SAINT
    Guest stars: Vince Edwards, Gayle Hunnicut, John Astin, Rebecca Gilling, Ed Devereaux, Pamela Sue Martin, Morgan Brittany, Malcolm Stoddard

Short-lived series of made-for-TV movies, featuring plenty of exotic location shooting.

DVD COLLECTIONS

  • The George Sanders Saint Collection (2011)... Buy this DVD

Contains all five of Sanders' exploits as the Saint,. Sanders was arguably the best of the film Saints, all cocksure charm and cold-blooded efficiency.

Rounds up The Saint's Vacation and The Saint Meets the Tiger, both starring Hugh Sinclair.

RELATED LINKS

The official site. A percentage of British sales goes toward The Saint Club.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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