The Saint on TV
Episode 54: The Set-Up
A beautiful film starlet uses her acting talent to help the Saint foil an
ingenious plot to kill him and also to turn the tables on one of the most
ruthless gangsters in London in "The Man from St. Louis".
The girl is the attractive young British actress Penelope Horner and the
gangster is portrayed by English-born Australian actor Henry Gilbert. Others
in the cast include Edward Underdown, Norman Florence, John Stone, Anthony
Wager and Ivor Dean.
Simon Templar, the Saint (ROGER MOORE), can be relied upon to come across
someone he knows wherever he goes. It is not surprising, therefore, that
when he visits a London gambling club he should run into an up-and-coming
young film actress named Oonagh O'Grady (PENELOPE HORNER) whom he has known
for sometime. She introduces him to her agent, Tex Goldman (HENRY GILBERT),
an American from St. Louis, who has launched her on her screen career.
Oonagh little suspects that she is going to need her histrionic talent to
help Simon deal with a gang of the most ruthless crooks in London!
The start of it all is at the gambling club while Simon and Oonagh are
there. A skilfully planned coup is brought off by three men, Orping (JOHN
STONE), Corrigan (ANTHONY WAGNER) and Enright (NORMAN FLORENCE). The club
owner, Jack Laurie (EDWARD UNDERDOWN) is coshed and the doorman, Charley
Baker (ROBERT MOORE) is killed. The gang get away with a large sum of money,
but one thing goes wrong. The dying doorman hangs onto Corrigan, and the
others leave him behind. The delay gives the Saint the opportunity to chase
Corrigan to his home.
Corrigan's fate is already sealed, however. He is a potential danger to the
gang, and Orping is already waiting for him, hidden in his apartment. Before
the Saint can drag the truth from Corrigan, he is shot, and Orping succeeds
Now the Saint is also a potential danger. Though he doesn't know it at the
time, the leader of the gang is Oonagh's agent Tex Goldman. And Tex issues
the instruction: the Saint must be killed.
Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Teal (IVOR DEAN) is investigating the casino
hold-up and murder, and not at all pleased to hear that Simon Templar is
already concerned in the case.
Teal sees the robbery as part of a pattern. It is one of a series of big
jobs, and he is convinced that the gang is building up for one big final
job. In this assumption, he is quite right. Tex Goldman is planning his
greatest coup yet: the holding-up of a mail van, an operation planned with
skilful cunning. But first, the Saint must be removed ......
Orping is again given the role of assassin. Armed with a telescopic rifle,
he takes a furnished room opposite the Saint's house, and waits patiently.
But Simon spots that he is being watched, and calls Oonagh to visit him.
With her help, he rigs up a bust of Julius Caesar, silhouetted against the
curtains, and Oonagh moves over close to it, as if passing Simon a drink.
Orping fires. "Simon" pitches forward, and Orping reports back to Tex
Goldman without knowing that the Saint has been following him and, in doing
so, learns for the first time that the brains behind the gang belong to
When Goldman learns that Oonagh has been there, he sees this as a chance to
learn for certain that the Saint has been killed. She is certain to
telephone him. Simon realises this, and Oonagh duly rings Goldman to tell
him of the terrible thing that has happened.
But Goldman's mail hold-up has still to be foiled, and this time the Saint
co-operates with Chief Inspector Teal in an exciting battle of wits, fraught
with danger and with Oonagh placed in a hazardous predicament .......
PRODUCED BY ROBERT S BAKER and MONTY BERMAN
DIRECTED BY ROY BAKER
SCRIPT SUPERVISION HARRY W. JUNKIN
ROGER MOORE SIMON TEMPLAR
PENELOPE HORNER OONAGH O'GRADY
JOHN STONE TED ORPING
HENRY GILBERT TEX GOLDMAN
IVOR DEAN CHIEF. INSP. TEAL
EDWARD UNDERDOWN JACK LAURIE
REDMOND PHILLIPS NILDER
NORMAN FLORENCE CLEM ENRIGHT
ANTHONY WAGER CORRIGAN
FAITH KENT MRS DONALDSON