The Saint (1962–1969)
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The Covetous Headsman 

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Simon meets a gorgeous girl on a plane - and flies into drama stemming from the death of a girl's brother, and into a flashback to wartime resistance heroism.


Michael Truman


Leslie Charteris (by), John Roddick (screenplay by)





Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Moore ... Simon Templar
Barbara Shelley ... Valerie North
Eugene Deckers ... Inspector Quercy
George Pastell ... Georges Olivant
Esmond Knight ... Antoine Louvois
Robert Cawdron ... Sergeant Luduc
Carole Gray ... Josie Clavel
Josephine Brown ... Madame Duras
Michael Spear ... Kaplan
Andre Boulay ... Mario
Natalie Benesh ... Matron
Barbara Roscoe ... Air Hostess


On a flight to Paris, the Saint meets Valerie North, who is on her way to meet her long-lost brother, only to find on arrival he has been murdered, for a medal taken from around his neck. Valerie owns an identical one, which she gives to Templar. She's then kidnapped by a Nazi collaborator of the war, who knows that the 2 medals together share a secret. Templat has to discover what the secret is, as well as saving Valerie from Olivant's clutches. Written by don @ minifie-1

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French | English

Release Date:

25 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?


The Idlewild airport describe in the intro is now JFK airport. See more »


A corpse is under a sheet in the medical examiner's office, and one can see the sheet moving with the breathing of the "dead" actor. See more »


Simon Templar: Any time I fly anywhere, I wonder who will sit next to me. This flight from New York to Paris takes seven hours, and seven hours can seem like seven days unless of course, you're lucky enough to be seating next to someone absolutely fascinating! Today, I feel lucky. This trip, I know she'll be absolutely gorgeous!
[For a moment, an old woman seats next to him... ]
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Springtime in Paris
12 April 2006 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

More what we became used to in this episode of the series. Simon meets a damsel in distress while on the plane to Paris and after her brother is murdered, he sets out to help her. Beautiful women, colourful locations(even if stock footage of Paris!), an evil criminal mastermind, meddling policemen, fist fights, all add up to a pleasing story.

Setting the standard for what the formula would be in the future years, this is a fast paced tail of intrigue and hits the ground running, very little padding makes for an exciting tale.

However it does take a little leap of suspension of disbelief in the plot line to imagine the very youthful Simon Templar been a part of the French resistance in the 2nd World War! He must have been fighting the Nazis in a nappy/diaper.

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