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The Saint on Old-Time Radio

The Saint was first brought to life on the radio in 1940 by Terence De Marney (aka Terrance De Marney) on Radio Athlone. It was then a five-year wait before NBC picked up the option, and featured Edgar Barrier as Simon Templar, alias The Saint. Later in 1945, Brian Aherne took over the role when the show switched over to CBS. Then in 1947, probably the most famous Radio Saint of all-time, Vincent Price, added his golden voice to the role. Vincent Price was once quoted as saying the most difficult thing about the show was coming up with new and unique ways to get conked on the head. After a large number of episodes, Price finally left and his replacement Barry Sullivan only lasted a few episodes before the show was cancelled. It was resurrected due to public demand, with Vincent Price returning to save the day. In 1951, Tom Conway (George Sanders' brother), of The Falcon fame, played The Saint for the last few episodes, with Lawrence Dobkin stepping in for a single episode when Conway was unavailable. Between 1953 and 1957, Tom Meehan starred as The Saint on Springbok Radio in South Africa (in English) with fresh adaptations of the original Charteris stories. It wasn't until 1995 that the Saint returned to radio with new episodes, with Paul Rhys portraying The Saint in three scripts taken directly from the orginal Charteris stories.

1940

Radio Athlone
Simon Templar played by Terence De Marney
  • Oct 18, 1940: Prince Shamyl of Cherkessia
  • Oct 25, 1940: The Policeman with Wings
  • Nov 1, 1940: The Five Thousand Pound Kiss
  • Nov 8, 1940: The Inland Revenue
  • Nov 15, 1940: The Benevolent Burglary
  • Nov 22, 1940: The Man Who Liked Ants

1945

NBC radio network
Show sponsored by Bromo-Seltzer, Simon Templar played by Edgar Barrier Each show is 30 minutes long, Saturday 7:30 - 8:00pm
  • Jan 6, 1945: The Simon Templar Foundation
  • Jan 13, 1945: The Charitable Countess
  • Jan 20, 1945: The Unfortunate Importer
  • Jan 27, 1945: The Million Dollar Day (aka The Affair of the Brazillian Banker)
  • Feb 3, 1945: The Masked Angel
  • Feb 10, 1945: The Man Who Was Lucky
  • Feb 17, 1945: The Man Who Sang
  • Feb 24, 1945: The Well Meaning Mayor
  • Mar 3, 1945: The Quarterdeck Club
  • Mar 10, 1945: The Haunted Professor
  • Mar 17, 1945: The King of the Beggars
  • Mar 24, 1945: The Man Who Murdered Shakespeare (Iris)
  • Mar 31, 1945: The Movie Racket
CBS radio network
Show sponsored by Campbell's Soup ("Campbell's Soup on your shelf is like a part time cook in your kitchen!"), Simon Templar played by Brian Aherne. Each show 30 minutes long, Wednesdays 8:00 - 8:30pm (Summer replacement series for "THE JACK CARSON SHOW")
  • June 20, 1945: The High Fence
  • June 27, 1945: The Fifty Thousand Dollar Kiss
  • Jul 4, 1945: The Man Who Liked Toys
  • Jul 11, 1945: The Happy Smugglers
  • Jul 18, 1945: The Prince of Cherkessia
  • Jul 25, 1945: The Miracle Tea Party
  • Aug 1, 1945: The Saint Meets an Angel
  • Aug 8, 1945: The Man Who Liked Ants
  • Aug 15, 1945: Mug's Game
  • Aug 22, 1945: G.I. Ghouls
  • Aug 29, 1945: Black Market on the Range
  • Sep 5, 1945: The Vanishing Lady
  • Sep 12, 1945: The Masked Angel

1947

CBS radio network
Show sponsored by Pepsodent-Trim Hair Tonic, Simon Templar played by Vincent Price. Each show 30 minutes long, Wednesdays 9:00 - 9:30
  • Jul 9, 1947: Untitled (Lobster fra diavola)
    • Alt title: Political Intrigue
    • Alt title: Bomb Tossed In Salad
  • Jul 16, 1947: Untitled (Church bells)
    • Alt title: Rare Painting Smugglers
    • Alt title: The Bells
  • Jul 23, 1947: Untitled (Blackmailed actress)
    • Alt title: Blackmail
    • Alt title: Actress Helen Blackmailed By Culver, The Magician
  • Jul 30, 1947: Untitled (Emerald doll)
    • Alt title: Doll With a Broken Head
    • Alt title: Emerald In Doll's Head
  • Aug 6, 1947: Untitled (Filipino rug)
    • Alt title: Murder for Buried Treasure
    • Alt title: Philippine Rug Auctioned
  • Aug 13, 1947: Untitled (Swedish smuggler)
    • Alt title: The Steel-Ice Murders
    • Alt title: Jewel Smuggler Olsen
  • Aug 20, 1947: Untitled (Killer judge)
    • Alt title: Family Gun-Play
    • Alt title: Judge Accidentally Kills His Son
  • Aug 27, 1947: Untitled (The Sanctuary)
    • Alt title: Baby Adoption Ring Blackmail
    • Alt title: The Sanctuary
  • Sep 3, 1947: Untitled (Baseball Lion's)
    • Alt title: Baseball Team Shooting
    • Alt title: Lions Baseball Team On Train
  • Sep 10, 1947: The Man Who Ran Away
  • Sep 17, 1947: Untitled (Grande Dame)
    • Alt title: Blackmail in Phony Rare Books
    • Alt title: Female Crook Poses As Wife Of Polish Painter
  • Sep 24, 1947: Untitled (Insurance Bums)
    • Alt title: Murder for Life Insurance
    • Alt title: Derelicts Insured And Murdered
  • Oct 1, 1947: Murder on the High Seas (PRE-EMPTED)
    • Alt title: Color-Blind Murderer Aboard Ship
  • Oct 8, 1947: The Saint Gets the Bird
  • Oct 15, 1947: Untitled (D.A. vs. Treasury)
    • Alt title: A Gangster District Attorney
    • Alt title: Mr. Important
  • Oct 22, 1947: Untitled (The Color-Blind Killer)
    • Alt title: A Schitzophrenic Psychiatrist
    • Alt title: The Color Blind Killer [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: The Barbara Brooks Case
    • Alt title: Color Blind Murderer Aboard Ship
  • Oct 29, 1947: Untitled (The Old Man's Car)
    • Alt title: Greed Causes Murder
    • Alt title: Mr Ritchie's Loss [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Alt. title:: The Old Man's Car [AVPRO]
  • Nov 5, 1947: Diathermy Machine
  • Nov 12, 1947: The Case of the Hasty Hearse
  • Nov 19, 1947: Untitled (Construction suicide)
    • Alt title: A Political Frame-Up
    • Alt title: Reformed Ex-Con Killed Before The Saint Can Help
  • Nov 26, 1947: The Case of the 500 Lemons
  • Dec 3, 1947: Playing With Fire
  • Dec 10, 1947: The Case of the Confused Cadillac's
  • Dec 17, 1947: The Saint Goes Underground
    • Alt title: Connolly Silver Mine [AVPRO]
  • Dec 24, 1947: The Nineteen Santa Clauses (Christmas show)
  • Dec 31, 1947: The Case of the Chilly Corpse

1948

  • Jan 7, 1948: Open Season on Saints
  • Jan 14, 1948: The Second Case of the Chilly Corpse
    • Alt title: The Case of the Chilly Corpse, Part 2
  • Jan 21, 1948: Crime Wave
  • Jan 28, 1948: The Case of the Ardent Artichoke
  • Feb 4, 1948: The Disappearing Dentist
  • Feb 11, 1948: The Case of the Warm-blooded Ghost
  • Feb 18, 1948: Retribution
  • Feb 25, 1948: The Case of the Cigar Store Indian
  • Mar 3, 1948: The Case of the Unhappy Homicide
  • Mar 10, 1948: The Death of a Fighter
  • Mar 17, 1948: The Saint is Framed
  • Mar 24, 1948: The Case of the Unkindest Cut
  • Mar 31, 1948: The Jewels of Fang Ta
  • Apr 7, 1948: The Latest Style in Murder
  • Apr 14, 1948: The Case of the Lopsided Triangle
  • Apr 21, 1948: Hard Money
  • Apr 28, 1948: The Case of the Indiscreet Parakeet
  • May 5, 1948: Tiger by the Tail
  • May 12, 1948: Jailbreak
  • May 19, 1948: With No Tomorrow
  • May 26, 1948: Case of the Blonde who Lost Her Head
    • Alt title: Fake Amnesia Killer [AVPRO]
  • Jun 2, 1948: Pearls Before Swine
  • Jun 9, 1948: Case of the Department Story Dummy
  • Jun 16, 1948: Night Club Story
  • Jun 30, 1948: The Fence

1949

Mutual Broadcasting System
Some shows sponsored by Sustained until Jan 8, 1950, when Ford Dealers of America picked up sponsorship. Simon Templar played by Vincent Price Sundays 7:30 - 8:00pm Shows were all repeats of the CBS run until 3-5-50 (except 1-8-50, 1-22-50, 2-5-50, 2-19-50)
  • Jul 10, 1949: Blackmail (Repeat of: 1-23-47)
    • Alt title: The Saint Rescues Helen
  • Jul 17, 1949: Murder for Buried Treasure (Repeat of: 8-6-47)
    • Alt title: Filipino Rug Auctioned
  • Jul 24, 1949: Family Gun-Play (Repeat of: 8-20-47)
    • Alt title: Judge Accidently Kills His Son
  • Jul 31, 1949: The Saint Goes Underground
    • Alt title: Connolly Silver Mine [AVPRO, AIC and Boxtree]
    • Alt title: The Conolly Silver Mine (Repeat of: 12-17-47)
  • Aug 7, 1949: Rare Painting Smugglers
    • Alt title: The Bells (Repeat of: 7-16-47)
  • Aug 14, 1949: Greed Causes Murder
    • Alt title: The Old Man's Car (Repeat of: 10-29-47)
    • Alt title: Mr Ritchie's Loss [AVPRO, AIC and Boxtree]
    • Alt title: Fancy Dan Wants Old Man's Car [Novak]
    • Alt title: Mr. Imperfect
  • Aug 21, 1949: A Political Frame-Up (Repeat of: 11-19-47)
    • Alt title: Reformed Ex-Con Killed Before The Saint Can Help
  • Aug 28, 1949: Baseball Team Shooting
    • Alt title: Lions Baseball Team On Train (Repeat of: 9-3-47)
  • Sep 4, 1949: Death of a Fighter (Repeat of: 3-10-47)
  • Sep 11, 1949: Retribution (Repeat of: 2-18-48)
  • Sep 18, 1949: A Schitzophrenic Psychiatrist
    • Alt title: The Color-Blind Killer [AVPRO, AIC, Novak, Vintage]
    • Alt title: Barbara Brooks Case (Repeat of: 10-22-47)
    • Alt title: Actress Pushed From Ship [Novak, Piletic]
  • Sep 25, 1949: Political Intrigue (Repeat of: 7-9-47)
    • Alt title: Bomb Tossed into Salad
  • Oct 2, 1949: The Latest Style in Murder (Repeat of: 4-7-48)
  • Octt 9, 1949: Hard Money (Repeat of: 4-21-48)
  • Oct 16, 1949: The Case of the Warm Blooded Ghost (Repeat of: 2-11-48)
  • Oct 23, 1949: The Second Case of the Chilly Corpse (Repeat of: 1-14-48)
    • Alt title: The Case of the Chilly Corpse, Part 2
  • Oct 30, 1949: The Case of the Indiscreet Parakeet (Repeat of: 4-28-48)
    • Alt title: The Case Of The Indescreet Bird
  • Nov 6, 1949: The Case of the Unhappy Homicide (Repeat of: 3-3-48)
    • Alt title: Prove I Killed Carter [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Prove I Did It
    • Alt title: Unhappy Homocide
  • Nov 13, 1949: The Case of the Blonde Who Lost her Head (Repeat of: 5-26-48)
    • Alt title: Fake Amnesia Killer [AVPRO, AIC, Boxtree, Novak]
    • Alt title: The Fake Amnesia Killer
    • Alt title: Dorothy Moore Wanted for Murder [Novak]
  • Nov 20, 1949: The Disappearing Dentist (Repeat of: 2-4-48)
  • Nov 28, 1949: The Case of the Lopsided Triangle (Repeat of: 4-14-48)
  • Dec 4, 1949: The Saint is Framed (Repeat of: 3-17-48)
  • Dec 11, 1949: The Bookstore (Repeat of: 9-17-47)
  • Dec 18, 1949: The Case of the Department Store Dummy (Repeat of: 6-9-48)
  • Dec 25, 1949: The Nineteen Santa Clauses (Repeat of: 12-24-47)

1950

  • Jan 1, 1950: The Case of the Chilly Corpse (Repeat of Dec 31, 1947)
  • Jan 8, 1950: The Cake That Killed
    • Alt title: The Case of Missing Cake [AVPRO, Vintage]
    • Alt title: The Purloined Pastry
    • Alt title: Purloined Pastry
  • Jan 15, 1950: Pearls before Swine (Repeat of Jun 21, 1948)
  • Jan 22, 1950: The Case of the Lonesome Slab
    • Alt title: Murder in the Theater [AVPRO]
  • Jan 29, 1950: Mr. Big Shot (Repeat of Oct 15, 1947)
    • Alt title: A Gangster District Attorney
  • Feb 5, 1950: The Murderous Music Box
  • Feb 12, 1950: The Fence (Repeat of Jun 30, 1948)
  • Feb 19, 1950: The Stiff Swami
  • Feb 26, 1950: The Case of the Hasty Hearse (Repeat of Nov 12, 1947)
  • Mar 5, 1950: Jail Break (Repeat of May 12, 1948)
  • Mar 12, 1950: The Girl with the Canvasback Back
  • Mar 19, 1950: For the Record
  • Mar 26, 1950: The Case of the Two-Headed Girl
  • Apr 2, 1950: Design for Murder
  • Apr 9, 1950: One Artichoke to Go
  • Apr 16, 1950: The Non-Visiting Visitor
  • Apr 23, 1950: Husband without Future
  • Apr 30, 1950: Murder of a Champion
  • May 7, 1950: Twin Killing
  • May 14, 1950: The Bilious Baron
  • May 21, 1950: The Mummy's Mummy
  • May 28, 1950: The Damp Dilemma
NBC Radio Network
Simon Templar still played by Vincent Price Sundays 7:30 - 8:00pm till 10-29-50 then 4:30 - 5:00pm
  • Jun 11, 1950: The Sinister Sneeze
    • Alt title: The Prize Fighter [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Prize Fighter [AIC]
    • Alt title: Knockout Can Be Murder
    • Alt title: Breckenridge Is Afraid
  • Jun 18, 1950: The Music Murder [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: A Sonata for Slayers
    • Alt title: Music Murder [AIC]
    • Alt title: The Music Manuscript Murder
    • Alt title: Music Names a Killer
    • Alt title: Beethoven
  • Jun 25, 1950: The Dangerous Diaper
  • Jul 2, 1950: Search for a Killer [AVPRO and AIC]
    • Alt title: A Real Gone Guy
    • Alt title: Music Can be Murder [Radio Showcase]
  • Jul 9, 1950: Contract out on the Saint [AVPRO and AIC]
    • Alt title: The Problem of the Peculiar Payoff
    • Alt title: Contract for a Saint
  • Jul 16, 1950: Death of the Saint [AVPRO and AIC]
    • Alt title: Follow the Leader
    • Alt title: Hitler Protege
    • Alt title: Hunt For Carl Bruder
  • Jul 23, 1950: The Fighter's Contract [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: The Frightened Author
    • Alt title: Fighter's Contract [AIC]
    • Alt title: The Fighter's Story
    • Alt title: The Fighter's Storybook
    • Alt title: Murder is Stranger than Fiction
  • Jul 30, 1950: The Author of Murder [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: The Case of the Previewed Crime
    • Alt title: Author of Murder [AIC]
    • Alt title: Prescription for Murder
  • Aug 6, 1950: The Corpse Said Ouch
    • Alt title: The Frances Blake Case
    • Alt title: Dead Girl's Diamonds
  • Aug 13, 1950: Dossier on a Damsel in Distress
    • Alt title: Dossier on a Damsel
  • Aug 20, 1950: Reflection on Murder
    • Alt title: Murder in the Theater [AVPRO, Broadcasts]
  • Aug 27, 1950: Cupid and the Corpse
    • Alt title: The Tony Cartega Case
    • Alt title: Counterfeit Bonds
  • Sep 3, 1950: Baseball Murder
    • Alt title: Alias, The Fixer
  • Sep 10, 1950: The Horrible Hamburger
    • Alt title: The Mislaid Corpse
For the following two episodes Barry Sullivan took over the lead from Vincent Price.
  • Sep 17, 1950: The Ghost that Giggled
    • Alt title: The Key
  • Sep 24, 1950: Dossier on a Doggone Dog
    • Alt title: It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog
    • Alt title: Dognappers
Show was cancelled, and then brought back by public demand after five weeks. When it resumed, Vincent Price once again played Simon Templar.
  • Oct 29, 1950: It's Snow Use
    • Alt title: Wanted as a Husband [AVPRO and AIC]
    • Alt title: The Saint Gets Married [Piletic]
  • Nov 5, 1950: Miss Godby's School for Girls
    • Alt title: The Kidnapped Daughter [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: A Kidnapped Daughter [AIC]
  • Nov 12, 1950: The Dame on the Doorstep
    • Alt title: The Return of Harry Morgan [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: The Wendy Brown Case
    • Alt title: Harry Morgan's Revenge
  • Nov 19, 1950: No Hiding Place
    • Alt title: Murder Plot in Prison [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: The Nancy Pacheck Case [Cavanaugh]
    • Alt title: Everyone Wants to Kill Tommy
    • Alt title: Plot in Prison
  • Nov 26, 1950: The Terrible Tintype
    • Alt title: The Missing Picture [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Picture of Murder
  • Dec 3, 1950: Martin Hickerson, Private Eye
    • Alt title: The Young Detective [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Playing at Detective [Piletic]
    • Alt title: The Detective
    • Alt title: The Colonel and $50,000
  • Dec 10, 1950: The Chiseling Chimpanzee
    • Alt title: The Monkey [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Don't Monkey with Murder
    • Alt title: Monkey Business
  • Dec 17, 1950: Simon Minds the Baby
    • Alt title: The Fight [AVPRO, Piletic]
    • Alt title: The Champ's Kid
  • Dec 24, 1950: Santa Claus is no Saint
    • Alt title: Christmas Eve Problems [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: The Christmas Eve Problem
    • Alt title: Christmas Jewels
  • Dec 31, 1950: The Grim Reaper

1951

  • Jan 7, 1951: Ladies Never Lie--Much
    • Alt title: The Alive/Dead Husband [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Early Confession
  • Jan 14, 1951: Simon Takes a Curtain Call
    • Alt title: The Actor [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Mercer Bennett: [Boxtree]
    • Alt title: The Aging Actor
    • Alt title: The Mercer Bennett Case [Tumber]
  • Jan 21, 1951: Tuba or not Tuba, That is the Question
    • Alt title: The Tuba Player [AVPRO, Piletic]
  • Feb 4, 1951: The Carnival Murder
    • Alt title: The Carnival [AVPRO, Piletic]
    • Alt title: Under the Carnival
  • Feb 11, 1951: The Bride Who Lost Her Groom
    • Alt title: The Missing Bridegroom [AVPRO]
  • Feb 18, 1951: Next of Kin
    • Alt title: The Noon Deadline [AVPRO, Piletic]
  • Feb 25, 1951: The Big Swindle
    • Alt title: The Amnesia Victim [AVPRO, Piletic]
    • Alt title: Mr. Sugar
  • Mar 4, 1951: The What-Not What Got Hot
    • Alt title: The Furniture Move [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: The Mae Owen Case
    • Alt title: Stolen Furniture [Piletic]
  • Mar 11, 1951 : Button, Button...
    • Alt title: The Shipboard Mystery [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Stolen Paintings [Piletic]
    • Alt title: The Orlando Button Case
  • Mar 18, 1951 : The Birds and Bees of East Orange
    • Alt title: The Bookstore Murder [AVPRO, Piletic]
    • Alt title: The Claire Wayne Case
  • Mar 25, 1951 : Formula for Death
    • Alt title: The Intruder [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: The Roland P. Archibald Case
    • Alt title: The Formula [Piletic]
  • Apr 1, 1951: Simon Carries the Ivy
    • Alt title: College Campus Threat [AVPRO]
  • Apr 8, 1951: The Ghosts Who Came to Dinner
    • Alt title: Hawthorn House Mystery [AVPRO]
  • Apr 15, 1951: The Strange Bedfellows
    • Alt title: The Mayor's Son [AVPRO]
  • Apr 22, 1951: The Lady Who Leaned
    • Alt title: The Missing Gun [AVPRO, Pickett]
    • Alt title: Mady North
    • Alt title: The Lady Has a Gun
  • Apr 29, 1951: Fishes Gotta Eat
    • Alt title: The Missing Husband [AVPRO, Pickett]
  • May 6, 1951: Win and Lose
  • May 13, 1951: The Girl With the Built-In Springs
  • May 20, 1951: Pin No Roses on my Corpse
    • Alt title: The Red Rose [AVPRO]
NBC
Simon Templar played by Tom Conway Sundays 4:30 - 5:00pm till 10-1-51 then 4:00 - 4:30pm
  • May 27, 1951: The Children's Crusade
    • Alt title: Military Instructor [AVPRO]
  • Jun 3, 1951: The Girl With the Lower Berth
    • Alt title: The Train [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Train of Events
  • Jun 10, 1951: The Funny Man
  • Jun 17, 1951: The Girl Who Had the Midgets
  • Jun 24, 1951: Peter the Great
  • Jul 1, 1951: Death of a Cowboy
    • Alt title: The Cowboy [AVPRO]
    • Alt title: Eyewitness to Murder
  • Jul 8, 1951: Satan's Angels
    • Alt title: The Missing Angel [AVPRO, Pickett]
    • Alt title: Angles and the Missing Second Trombone
  • Jul 15, 1951: No, My Darling Daughter
    • Alt title: The Nursemaid [AVPRO, Pickett]
    • Alt title: Win, Place, Show, and Murder
  • Jul 22, 1951: The Big Deal
  • Jul 29, 1951: The Case of the Lop-Sided Triangle
  • Aug 5, 1951: The Perfumed Blonde Case
  • Aug 12, 1951: The Pickpocket Case
  • Aug 19, 1951: A Picture of a Politician
  • Aug 26, 1951: The Prize Fight Case
  • Sep 2, 1951: The Fishing Boat Case
Larry Dobkin, who usually played The Saint's sidekick Louie, stepped in for this episode when Tom Conway was unavailable due to a bout of alcoholism.
  • Sep 9, 1951: The Fish Case
Tom Conway returns as The Saint
  • Sep 16, 1951: The Round-Robin Murders
  • Sep 23, 1951: The Missing Witness Case
  • Sep 30, 1951: The Baggage Check Case
  • Oct 7, 1951: The Big Shakedown
  • Oct 14, 1951: The Ex-Con Case
  • Oct 21, 1951: The Bracelet

1995

BBC Radio 4
Simon Templar played by Paul Rhys, scripts adapted from the original stories by Leslie Charteris.
  • Aug 28, 1995: Saint Overboard
  • Sep 4, 1995: The Saint Closes the Case
  • Sep 11, 1995: The Saint Plays With Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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