|Simon Templar, AKA "The Saint" was not a Saint, ¦in fact; the name was the underworld's sobriquet for this radio detective, who often did a little
bad to get the goods on his criminal of choice. "The Saint" is a bon vivant who savors detection as an art form. He's nothing like his American
hard-boiled detectives-in-arms such as Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe, although closer in spirit is The Fat Man, and closer still, Nero Wolfe. The
Chinese-English crime novelist Leslie Charteris wrote over a hundred "Saint" adventures. When in 1947 "The Saint" was developed for radio, the
first choice was Tom Conway. He quickly stepped aside, however, and legendary Vincent Price went on to give the radio public an astounding
performances. "The Saint's" crime fighting is sophisticated. He's usually sharp enough to stick to slinging witty words like arrows, since he's the
"Robin Hood of Modern Crime".
Lawrence Dobkin is "Louie," the (Brooklyn) Cab Driver, who keeps "The Saint" streetwise while getting him across town. A congenial cast of
characters is always on hand, thanks to the witty scripts. It's the singular sound and style of Mr. Vincent Price that gives "The Adventures Of The
Saint" a halo.
|Leslie Charteris once said
"I've been a writer all my life and I created
the Saint 'stickman' when I was about nine.
I produced a magazine, writing everything in
it - about four typed pages. It had
everything, including a comic strip; but since
I am no artist, all the characters were stick
How do you make a stick man into a Saint?
You simply put a halo over his head!"
|Tom Conway took over
the role in 05-27-51.