Simon Templar, AKA "The Saint" was not a Saint, in fact; the name was the underworld's nickname for this detective,
who often did a little bad to get the goods on his criminal of choice. "The Saint" is a person who enjoys a sociable and
luxurious lifestyle 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. 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 figures.
How do you make a stick man into a Saint?
You simply put a halo over his head!"