The Saint on TV
Episode 41: Lida
Blackmail in the Bahamas leads the Saint into a web of intrigue and murder
involving two beautiful sisters in "Lida".
The title role of "Lida" is played by the versatile and striking American
actress Jeanne Moody, who also appears with Roger Moore in another "The
Saint" episode, "The Man who Liked Toys". Not all viewers, however, are
likely to realise that it is the same girl. Miss Moody has a reputation for
looking different in every role she plays, and a complete change of
hairstyle makes her two roles completely contrasting.
The girl who plays her sister is Erica Rogers, who has also previously
appeared with Roger Moore. This pert and attractive South African actress
has been in two other "Saint" stories, and this time has a role which bears
little resemblance to her earlier appearances in "The Pearls of Peace" and
Other leading roles are played by Peter Bowles, Marne Maitland, Barry
Keegan, Aubrey Morris and Robert Raglan.
Maurice Kerr (PETER BOWLES) is a devastatingly handsome young man whose
appeal to women has opened a lucrative double career for him. One is to pick
up rich married women visiting Captain Kidd's Club in the Bahamas - without
their husbands. The club owner, Esteban (MARNE MAITLAND), employs him to
lure the women into spending a lot of money at the club. Kerr's second
string is far more profitable, however : he is tied up with a gang who pay
him to trap the women into compromising situations in which they are
photographed by a man known as Pebbles (AUBREY MORRIS). The women are then
Their latest victim is the beautiful and wealthy Lida Verity (Jeanne Moody),
whose behaviour when being threatened becomes so strained that it worries
her sister Joan Wingate (ERICA ROGERS).
Joan is delighted when an old friend who might be able to help arrives in
the Bahamas. It is Simon Templar, the Saint (ROGER MOORE).
Lida is becoming desperate. Every "final" demand is followed by another. Her
available supply of cash has run out, and now comes the demand that she
should hand over a valuable bracelet.
Disillusionment is added to her desperation when she visits Maurice Kerr and
finds a dizzy blonde, Mara (MAGGIE WRIGHT) installed in his flat.
Lida goes on to the Club, where Simon and Joan try to find her. They reach
her too late. When Simon discovers her, she is dead - shot. It looks like
suicide. Inspector Maxwell (ROBERT RAGLAN) has no doubts about it, but the
Saint thinks differently. As Maxwell tries to wrap up a suicide case, the
Saint presses forward on a murder theory.
The gun by which Lida died belonged to Kerr. The Saint's trail takes him to
Kerr then Kerr, too, is murdered. Templar next comes to grips with the
menacing Pebbles. Esteban also comes under suspicion. So does a burly
Irishman, known as The Admiral (BARRY KEEGAN), who works at the club.
Who is really the ring-leader of the vice ring? For once in a way, the Saint
is unhappy at successfully reaching the truth......
PRODUCED BY - ROBERT S. BAKER AND MONTY BERMAN
DIRECTED BY - LESLIE NORMAN
SCRIPT SUPERVISION - HARRY W JUNKIN
ROGER MOORE - SIMON TEMPLAR
ERICA ROGERS - JOAN WINGATE
JEANNE MOODY - LIDA VERITY
BARRY KEEGAN - BOSUN
PETER BOWLES - MAURICE KERR
MARNE MAITLAND - ESTEBAN
AUBREY MORRIS - PEBBLES
ROBERT RAGLAN - INSPECTOR MAXWELL
HENRY McCARTHY - AMERICAN MAN