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Leslie Charteris creator of The Saint
Leslie Charteris creator of The Saint

Leslie Charteris' novel Enter the Saint was published in 1930
Leslie Charteris' novel Enter the Saint was published in 1930

The Saint In Palm Springs (1943)
The Saint In Palm Springs (1943)

Bromo Seltzer was the first commercial sponsor for The Saint over Radio
Bromo Seltzer was the first commercial sponsor for The Saint over Radio

The Saint spot ad from June 20 1945
The Saint spot ad from June 20 1945

Campbells Soup sponsored the Summer 1945 run of The Saint
Campbells Soup sponsored the Summer 1945 run of The Saint

Charteris launched The Saint in syndicated comic strip form in 1948
Charteris launched The Saint in syndicated comic strip form in 1948

Spot ad for brief Tom Conway run of The Saint from October 7 1951
Spot ad for brief Tom Conway run of The Saint from October 7 1951


Ford Motors' 1950 Fords sponsored the 1950 run of The Adventures of The Saint
Ford Motors' 1950 Fords sponsored the 1950 run of The Adventures of The Saint




A Surfeit of Saints:

Louis Hayward

George Sanders

Hugh Sinclair

Terence De Marney

Edgar Barrier

Brian Aherne

Vincent Price

Barry Sullivan

Tom Conway

Larry Dobkin

Roger Moore

Ian Ogilvy

Simon Dutton

Paul Rhys

Val Kilmer


Background

The first half of the twentieth century saw an explosion of several major detective and crime genre franchises, among them:

  • 1887 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes
  • 1915 Street & Smith's Nick Carter
  • 1917 Louis Joseph Vance's The Lone Wolf
  • 1919 Jack Boyle's Boston Blackie
  • 1920 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple
  • 1925 Earl Derr Biggers' Charlie Chan
  • 1928 Leslie Charteris' The Saint
  • 1929 Frederic Mannay and Manfred Lee's Ellery Queen
  • 1930 Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, The Thin Man and The Fat Man
  • 1934 Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe
  • 1935 John P. Marquand's Mr. Moto
  • 1939 Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe
  • 1940 Michael Arlen's The Falcon

Of the above Leslie Charteris' character, Simon Templar, or 'The Saint' almost immediately captured the imagination of Great Depression America. Along with Boston Blackie, The Falcon and The Lone Wolf, Simon Templar as The Saint was cast in the Robin Hood mold of escapist adventure characters. The four great characters shared a murky, adventurous past, while eventually discarding their criminal ways and devoting the remainder of their 'careers' to looking out for the little guy, defending the downtrodden, and making their own brand of justice throughout their various fictional spheres.

Charteris proved to be one of the more prolific authors of the genre, eventually spawning at least 90 The Saint stories and novels. Charteris began writing for Paramount Studios in the 1930s and began writing for Radio in 1940, penning the 1941 series of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes over Radio.

The Saint began to appear in Film with 1938's The Saint in New York. The Film franchise eventually developed into eight highly successful features:

  • 1938 The Saint in New York
  • 1939 The Saint Strikes Back
  • 1939 The Saint in London
  • 1940 The Saint's Double Trouble
  • 1940 The Saint Takes Over
  • 1941 The Saint in Palm Springs
  • 1941 The Saint's Vacation
  • 1943 The Saint Meets the Tiger

1953's The Saint's Return starred Louis Hayward, Film's first Simon Templar, but was a somewhat lackluster attempt to revive the Film franchise. It was also an attempt to capitalize on a resurgence of interest in the character following six years of The Saint over Radio.

The Saint first appeared in Radio in 1940 over Radio Athlone in Ireland. Radio Athlone's powerful transmitters broadcast The Saint throught the United Kingdom, often being picked up in The Netherlands and France. British Stage actor Terence De Marney was Radio's first Simon Templar. It wasn't until 1945 that The Saint aired over American Radio. Two of the scripts from the Radio Athlone run were adapted for the Leslie Charteris-penned Brian Aherne run over CBS in the Summer of 1945.

The Saint owed it's debut over Radio to the extraordinary success of the Ellery Queen franchise. Ellery Queen had become so popular over Radio that it priced itself out of a sponsor. Emerson Drug, the maker of Bromo-Seltzer, decided that it would be more economical for them to abandon their Ellery Queen sponsorship over NBC and innaugurate a new series at a much lower cost. And so it was that Emerson Drug, Leslie Charteris, and producer/agent James Saphier brought the package to air over NBC for a three-month run between January and April 1945.

The Saint premieres over American Radio

Brilliant Stage, Screen and Radio actor Edgar Barrier got the nod to star in The Saint's debut over NBC. One of Radio's most prolific actors, Edgar Barrier was an interesting choice for the role. The role also allowed him to remain in New York as he began preparations for 1946's The Magnificent Yankee at the Royale Theatre. Barrier was aided by John Brown as Inspector Fernack and Ken Christy as Templar's sidekick, Hoppy. Crime genre veteran William P. Rousseau produced the short-lived series with Leslie Charteris supervising the scripting. The Edgar Barrier series was abruptly discontinued after its first order of thirteen episodes, replaced by Robert Q. Lewis's comedy and talk show.

Interest in The Saint remained high enough that when it came time for Campbells Soup to consider a Summer replacement for their The Jack Carson Show, they struck a deal with the James Saphier Agency and Charteris to air The Saint during the Summer of 1945. Tall, handsome, urbane Film star Brian Aherne was tapped for the Summer Replacement run of The Saint. The move to CBS brought far better promotion for the series and Aherne was supported by Louise Arthur as erstwhile love interest Patricia Holm, Ken Christy as 'Hoppy' Uniatz, Templar's sidekick, and Ted von Eltz as Inspector Fernack. To add to the luster of the series, no less than William N. Robson was selected to produce and direct the series and Leith Stevens scored the music. Leslie Charteris was given the writing credit for much of the Summer series.

Though it was hinted that The Jack Carson Show might not return, by September, Campbells, CBS and Carson had apparently renewed their interest in each other and The Saint over Radio languished for another two years.

Local CBS flagship station KNX was the next regional outlet to air The Saint over Radio. Beginning in July of 1947, KNX inaugurated the most widely collected and successful franchise of The Saint, this time starring Vincent Price as Simon Templar. The selection of Vincent Price was an interesting choice. Price's popularity in Film was undisputed. Throughout World War II he'd donated a great deal of his time and talent to promoting entertainment features for American and U.N. Forces overseas. By then having expanded his resume to light comedy, adventure, film noir and straight dramatic roles, Simon Templar might have appeared to have been an unlikely characterization for the multi-talented Price.

Several of the crime and detective genre Radio programs had already popularized comedy - adventure - detective genre programs. Among them, The Thin Man, Let George Do It, Sam Spade Detective and Mr. And Mrs. North had proven to be the most entertaining of the genre. Tempering the murder and mayhem with clever throwaway lines and comedic or romantic interplay between the characters proved to be a popular, if not critical, success factor in many of these programs.

The scripts for Vincent Price's The Saint were a mixutre of light comedy, mystery, and crime drama. Price's light hearted approach to the portrayal, combined with his comparative soft-spoken delivery of his characterization met with mixed reviews. Given that the Vincent Price canon of The Saint didn't reach a national audience until 1950, reviews of his portrayal of Simon Templar didn't really appear until late-1950 and early 1951, when the series had almost run its course over The Golden Age of Radio era.

With little to compare them with, comparisons and contrasts between the various interpretations of The Saint remain impractical. One can reasonably imagine that Edgar Barrier's portrayal of Simon Templar would have been delivered in a somewhat more stentorian, sinister tone than those of his American successors to the Radio franchise. Brian Aherne might well have been the ideal candidate to portray Simon Templar, but there are presently no exemplars of his portrayal in wide circulation.

Indeed the only comparisons currently available are between the fifty Vincent Price exemplars, the two Barry Sullivan fill-in appearances, and the five Tom Conway exemplars in circulation. Those who favored the portrayals of The Saint in Film would have an understandable preference for Tom Conway, George Sanders' brother, in the role. Unfortunately, the Tom Conway portrayals of The Saint came during a time when Conway was battling an addiction to alcohol. It's been reported that at least one of the episodes of the Tom Conway run required ensemble cast member Larry Dobkin to fill in for Conway at the last minute due to Conway's unscheduled absence.

The author of this article candidly preferred the Tom Conway portrayals of Simon Templar to those of Vincent Price, while at the same time admitting that Price's portrayals were the far more polished of and light-hearted of the two actors for the period.

Production details, observations and comparisons

The format of the Vincent Price run of The Saint also bears a bit of exposition. The signature theme of The Saint over Radio opened all of the Vincent Price canon and beyond. Any sponsor messages usually prefaced the signature whistle and opening theme. The Trim Hair Tonic-sponsored regional run of The Saint from CBS' KNX studios provided three sponsor messages: one at the open, one in the middle and one near the close. From that run forward, Vincent Price would customarily close the program with a personal message directed at one of several pet causes. Though it's not currently known if this was at Price's request or the producers', one can well imagine Vincent Price requesting the closing appeal. The formula continued through the Mutual rebroadcasts and the move to NBC in June of 1950.

Vincent Price goes over a The Saint script During the 1948 Fall Season
Vincent Price goes over a The Saint script During the 1948 Fall Season

Vincent Price's closing comments were generally directed toward social issues of the era: race, ethnic and religious discrimination, tolerance and worthy causes of the era. Price at first tied his closing message to the theme of the preceding script. By the later scripts, Vincent Price simply closed with whatever social comment he felt most compelled to address. The comments were clearly heartfelt and sincere. Vincent Price's entire career was a tribute to any number of deeply felt causes and efforts to promote tolerance and unity throughout the world. In that light, Price's portrayals of The Saint must be taken at face value. Perhaps not widely perceived as the rock'em sock'em type of actor, Price could certainly portray the most sinister of characters to the glee of any Vincent Price fan of the era. Indeed, it was Price's wide appeal that brought him to the role in the first place.

Leslie Charteris himself clearly approved of the choice of Price and it's clear that as the Price canon progressed, the scripts were tailored as much to Price's off-screen persona and interests as to his on-screen and over-Radio performances. The plots involved stolen art works, society murders, actresses and actors, corrupt politicians at the highest levels, and the creme de la creme of the era's culture--all fitting manifestations of Price's unique characterization of Simon Templar.

On the production side of the Vincent Price run, the series was directed by Thomas McAvity and Helen Mack, for the most part. McAvity married Helen Mack in 1940 and the couple enjoyed a highly successful career producing, writing and directing for Radio. As such, McAvity directed most of the earlier Vincent Price episodes and Helen Mack most of the later scripts.

With the exception of the Brian Aherne Summer run over CBS James Saphier produced the entire canon of The Saint aired over American airwaves. The Brian Aherne run was produced and directed by William N. Robson with Saphier acting as the agent for the franchise, or executive producer. The entire canon therefore bears Saphier's stamp. Leslie Charteris was, himself, involved to one degree or another in the entire collective canon of The Saint over Radio, including it's earliest airing over Radio Athlone. Charteris, by the mid-1940s had become an accomplished screen and radio writer in addition to his other multiple talents. The combination of Charteris' script supervision or direct involvement and Saphier's production of the entire canon to one degree or another continued to maintain the highest production standards through every incarnation of The Saint over Radio.

In addition to Charteris, the writing for the series remained of a high standard throughout the Radio canon. Both Louis Vittes and Michael Cramoy went on to successful Television writing careers after The Saint. Helen Mack also reportedly wrote for the series as well as Sidney Marshall, Larry Roman and even Dick Powell.

As must be apparent from the credits below, whether produced on the East Coast or the West Coast, The Saint attracted some of Radio's finest voice and acting talents. Among the various ensemble members of the cast over the years were Tony Barrett, William Conrad, Betty Lou Gerson, Peter Leeds, Ken Christy, Ted Von Eltz, Larry Dobkin, Sheldon Leonard, Ted Osborne and Louise Arthur. Ken Christy transitioned to each rendition of The Saint over American airwaves in one capacity or another.

The Saint made the transition to Television in 1962 with Roger Moore in the starring role. Somewhat more campy than the Radio and Film renditions of The Saint, Moore nevertheless owned the characterization after a couple of seasons. The Television series ran for seven years. The Television incarnation of The Saint employed a great deal of expostion from Roger Moore's Simon Templar, much in the mold of the better film noir and radio noir depictions of sleuths of the 1940s and 1950s. The technique worked and for two generations, most Saint fans identified Roger Moore most closely with the role.

1962 wasn't the end of the line for The Saint and its, by then, 35-year franchise. The Saint returned as 'The Son of The Saint' in a short-lived 1979 attempt to revive the character over Television. Starring Ian Ogilvy, the series ran in the U.K. as an ITC Television feature for twenty-four episodes. The Saint surfaced yet again ten years later in a poorly received series of six 1-hour or 2-hour revivals over Canadian Television. Starring Simon Dutton, the series was criticized as over-produced and under-written.

The BBC revived The Saint in a short, 1995 series of three The Saint programs in a 60-minute format. The BBC series starred Paul Rhys as Simon Templar and Kim Thompson as Templar's love interest, Patricia Holm. The series was dramatized by Neville Teller and Roger Danes. The BBC run was very well produced and adapted from three of Leslie Charteris' most popular novellas and stories. The BBC also included The Saint in its three-season retrospective of 'The Radio Detectives' produced and narrated by Professor Jeffrey Richards. The Saint retrospective was titled "Enter The Saint."

The last rendition of The Saint over an audiovisual medium was Val Kilmer's 1997 depiction of The Saint. By far the most over-reaching of any previous incarnation of the character, it was glitzy, full of CGI and bore, for the most part, no resemblance whatsoever to the underlying character of the previous sixty years.

Given the longevity and popularity of Simon Templar and his adventures, there's no reason to believe we've heard, read or seen the last of The Saint. All the elements are there: adventure, the Robin Hood ethos, the classy digs, and the insouciance, humor and the versatility of the main character. We haven't heard the last of Simon Templar by any measure. Leslie Charteris' fascinating character lives on in the imagination of millions of fans.

Series Derivatives:

The Saint [Radio Athlone]; The Adventures of The Saint; South African syndication; BBC Radio 4
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Crime Dramas
Network(s): NBC, CBS, MBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): [Radio Athlone]: 40-10-18 01 Prince Shamyl of Cherkessia
[NBC]: 45-01-06 01
The Simon Templar Foundation
[CBS]: 45-06-20 01 The High Fence
[CBS-KNX]: 47-07-09 01 Political Intrigue
[MBS]: 49-07-10 01 Blackmail
[NBC]: 50-06-11 01 The Sinister Sneeze
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): [Radio Athlone]: 40-10-18 to 40-11-22; Radio Athlone; Six, 30-minute programs

[NBC]: 45-01-06 to 45-03-31; NBC; Thirteen, 30-minute programs

[CBS]: 45-06-20 to 45-09-12; CBS; Thirteen, 30-mintue programs

[CBS-KNX]: 47-07-09 to 48-06-30; Fifty-two, 30-minute programs

[MBS]: 49-07-10 to 50-05-28; MBS; Forty-seven, 30-minute programs

[NBC]: 50-06-11 to 51-10-21; NBC; Sixty-seven, 30-minute programs
Syndication: South African syndication
Sponsors: Bromo Seltzer; Pepsodent; Lever Bros. Trim Hair Tonic; Campbells Soups; 1950 Ford
Director(s): William Rousseau, William Robson
James L. Saphier [Producer]
Thomas A. McAvity, Helen Mack
Principal Actors: Edgar Barrier, Brian Aherne, Louise Arthur, Vincent Price, Jeff Chandler, Harry Bartell, Tony Barrett, Barney Phillips, Colleen Collins, Fred Howard, Lurene Tuttle, Dan O'Herlihy, Betty Lou Gerson, William Conrad, Frank Gerstlel, Jeanne Bates, Stanley Farrar, Ted Osborne, Lawrence Dobkin, Tom Brown, Peggy Webber, Theodore Von Eltz, Jerry Hausner, Barbara Eiler, Frances Chaney, Eleanor Audley, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hal March, Peter Leeds, Sandra Gould, Fritz Feld, George Neise, Lou Merrill, Jack Edwards, Frances Robinson, Donald Woods, Sammie Hill, Edwin Max, Gil Stratton, Charlie Lung, Edmond MacDonald, Fred Howard, Shirley Mitchell, Veola Vonn, Jack Moyles, Gloria Blondell, Bob Clark, Irene Tedrow, Joseph Du Val, Barry Sullivan, Myra Marsh, Tom Tully, Lamont Johnson, Jeffrey Silver, Peggy Webber, Gloria McMillan, Maggie Morley, Joan Banks, Paul Frees, Sheldon Leonard, Frederick Shields, Richard Crenna, Victor Rodman, Helen Parrish, Ken Christy, Leslie Banning, William Tracy, Herb Vigran, Mary Shipp, Hy Averback, James Nusser, Ed Begley, Harry Brown, Bob Jellison, Sharon Douglas, Anne Whitfield, Gilbert Fry, David Ellis, Ted de Corsia, GeGe Pearson, Betty Moran, William Conrad, Sam Edwards, Jody Gilbert, Whitfield Connor, Patricia Jepson, Earle Ross, Adrian Barden, Alice Reinheart, Tudor Owen, Shepard Menken, Shiela Bromley, Lou Krugman, Tom Conway, Michael Ann Barrett, Tommy Cook, Bobby Ellis, Herb Ellis, Paul Richards, Joyce McCluskey, Howard McNear, Brooke Temple, Margaret Brayton, Paul Richards, Benny Rubin, Eda Reiss Merin, Gale Page, Glen Vernon
Recurring Character(s): Simon Templar, 'The Saint"; 'Hoppy' Uniatz; Patricia Holm [Louise Arthur]; Inspector Fernac; Louie the Cabbie;
Protagonist(s): Simon Templar, 'The Saint"
Author(s): Leslie Charteris
Writer(s) Michael Cramoy, Sidney Marshall, Jerome Epstein, Louis Vittes, Dick Powell, Larry Roman
Music Direction: Leith Stevens, Bill Fontaine, Von Dexter, Harry Zimmerman
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Merril Ross, Wendell Niles, Doug Gorly, Val Brown, Don Stanley, Don Rickles, Hal Gibney
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
191 [156 unique American scripts]
Episodes in Circulation: 57
Total Episodes in Collection: 57
Provenances:

Billboard magazine announces The Saint to air over Radio on NBC from November 11 1944
Billboard magazine announces The Saint to air over Radio on NBC from Nov. 11 1944

Billboard magazine announces the selection of Edgar Barrier to star in The Saint from Jan. 6 1945
Billboard magazine announces the selection of Edgar Barrier to star in The Saint from Jan. 6 1945

Billboard magazine announces Lever Bros. decision to drop their Trim Hair Tonic line and cancelling The Saint from June 12 1948
Billboard magazine announces Lever Bros. decision to drop their Trim Hair Tonic line and cancelling The Saint from June 12 1948

Billboard magazine announces the return of The Saint over Mutual from June 25 1949
Billboard magazine announces the return of The Saint over Mutual from June 25 1949

Billboard magazine's June Bundy reviews the premiere of The Adventures of The Saint over NBC from June 24 1950
Billboard magazine's June Bundy reviews the premiere of The Adventures of The Saint over NBC from June 24 1950
TheSaint.org, Ian Dickerson of The Saint Club ("All episode titles are taken from studio scripts which can be found in The Leslie Charteris Collection at Boston University").

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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Our advice remains the same as always: there is no rational, justifiable reason to rely on the commercially motivated interests of a commercial vintage recording reseller for accurate dates, episode numbers or titles.

The radioGOLDINdex as well cites a couple of alleged transcriptions that are misdated or misidentified, which we'll address futher below. Most of the work on the The Saint canon has been done and re-done by The Saint Club and its various online incarnations. While we acknowledge the amount of scholarship The Saint Club has put into its research, there remain a few anomalies in its findings. We would also preface the following with the fact that, although The Saint Club cites their 'official' titles as having been sourced from studio scripts, nowhere do they publish those results for peer scrutiny. While we applaud their scholarship and have no verifiable means to doubt their assertions, a few anomalies beg the question of the validity of those 'official' titles:

  • The Saint Club previously cited two episodes, one after the other, from the 1950 NBC run . . .
    • 50-08-20 Dossier On A Damsel In Distress
    • 50-08-22 The Case of The Lonesome Slab
  • Both titles refer to the underlying plot of the circulating 50-08-20 episiode. That episode can be dated three different ways from the closing announcements:
    • Don Stanley announces Sam Spade to follow. An episode of Sam Spade did, indeed follow The Saint in the NBC lineup for 50-08-20
    • Don Stanley announces NBC's Summer Symphony to follow Sam Spade, featuring Helen Traubel and Vladimir Golschmann: both artists were scheduled to appear on the NBC Summer Symphony on 50-08-20
    • Don Stanley announces the network's recognition of Radio station WWJ, Detroit, on its 30th Anniversary in broadcasting: according to The Detroit News' own 1922 publication, WWJ turned on its transmitters for the first time on August 20, 1920, making August 20, 1950 the exact 30th Anniversary of the station
  • But The Saint Club previously cited yet another episode of The Saint dated 50-08-22 and titled The Case of The Lonesome Slab immediately following their chronological entry for 50-08-20, Dossier On A Damsel In Distress: there is no record of an NBC affiliate airing an episode of The Saint on 50-08-22.
  • There was, however an episode dated January 22, 1950, titled The Case of The Lonesome Slab. It's quite possible that the two entries became corrupted on that page.

Both titles--Dossier On A Damsel In Distress and The Case of The Lonesome Slab--can be plausible titles for the plot of the circulating Dossier On A Damsel In Distress. To further complicate matters, the radioGOLDINdex cites a transcription dated 50-01-22, which Goldin cites as NBC Net origination. NBC didn't begin airing The Saint until June 11, 1950. That dated transcription, if accurately annotated, would have to have been from the Mutual Net canon. And if indeed the recording from that transcription contained the same announcement cited above it couldn't possibly have been dated correctly.

Another point of confusion revolves around the episode The Saint is No Santa Clause anecdotally referred as The Nineteen Santa Clauses. The overwhelming majority of circulating exemplars dated 49-12-25 contain an announcement at the close for the Christmas Program of The Big Show and an annoucement that Vincent Price is 'soon to be seen' in His Kind of Woman (1951). Therefore that 49-12-25 date could not possibly be accurate.



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The Saint Radio Program Log [Radio Athlone, Ireland]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
40-10-18
1
Prince Shamyl of Cherkessia
N
[Premiere, starring Terence De Marney as Simon Templar]

40-10-25
2
The Policeman with Wings
N
40-11-01
3
The Five Thousand Pound Kiss
N
40-11-08
4
The Inland Revenue
N
40-11-15
5
The Benevolent Burglary
N
40-11-22
6
The Man Who Liked Ants
N





The Saint Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-12-xx
Aud.
The Miracle Tea Party
Y
[ NBC Audition with Dennis Greene as Simon Templar ]

Features
Gerald Mohr

Announces
"Saint Overboard" as next episode.

45-01-06
1
The Simon Templar Foundation
N
[Premiere with Edgar Barrier as The Saint]

45-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): new series based on Leslie Charteris' hero.

45-01-06 The Capital
Week-end premiers include these tonight: NBC 7:30--The Saint detective series replacing Ellery Queen.

45-01-13
2
The Charitable Countess
N
45-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Charitable Countess."

45-01-20
3
The Unfortunate Importer
N
45-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ):
The Unfortunate Importer."

45-01-27
4
The Million Dollar Day
N
45-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Million Dollar Day."

45-02-03
5
The Masked Angel
N
45-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Masked Angel."

45-02-10
6
The Man Who Was Lucky
N
45-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Man Who Was Lucky."

45-02-17
7
The Man Who Sang
N
45-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Man Who Sang."

45-02-24
8
The Well-Meaning Mayor
N
45-02-24 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Well-Meaning Mayor."

45-03-03
9
The Quarterdeck Club
N
45-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Quarterdeck Club."

45-03-10
10
The Haunted Professor
N
45-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Haunted Professor."

45-03-17
11
The King Of the Beggars
N
45-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The King of the Beggars."

45-03-24
12
The Man Who Murdered Shakespeare
N
45-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Man Who Murdered Shakespeare."

45-03-31
13
The Movie Racket
N
45-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): "
The Movie Racket."

45-04-07
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45-04-07 Salamanca Republican
New York, April 7 (AP)—A new comedy show, which NBC believes offers possibilities, steps suddenly onto the network at 7:30 tonight. Assembled almost on the spur of the moment, it is being built around Robert "Q" Lewis, a twenty-four-year-old broadcaster who has been displaying his talent in a local morning series six time a week, under the title "Listen to Lewis."
He is to have the help of Mae Questel, veteran mimic, with variety music coming from the Murphy sisters and Dave Grupp's orchestra. His humor, of the zany type, depends to a large extent on the use of contrasting voices.
The program fills the time given up by the discontinued sponsored series, The Saint.






45-06-20
1
The High Fence


Billboard magazine announcement of Summer run of The Saint for Campbells Soups from May 12 1945
Billboard magazine announcement of Summer run of The Saint for Campbells Soups from May 12 1945

Brian Aherne as The Saint with Louise Arthur as Patricia Holm
Brian Aherne as The Saint with Louise Arthur
as Patricia Holm

N
[Premiere with Brian Aherne as The Saint and as Patricia Hold, his assistant, Louise Arthur]

45-06-20 Mason City Globe-Gazette - "THE SAINT," new dramatic detective story program starring stage and screen actor Brian Aherne, makes its debut over KGLO-CBS Wednesday, at 7 p.m. "The Saint" is based on the fictional character of same name created in book form by Leslie Charteris, who will write the scripts. Charteris has written more than 30 books about "The Saint," and a number of movies have been based on the adventures of the character, a debonair, knight-errant, adventure-loving sleuth who always manages to earn the enmity of both the underworld and law enforcement officers. Brian Aherne has been a leading figure on the American and English stage and on the screen for a number of years. He returned recently from an extensive GI tour overseas with Katherine Cornell, playing opposite her as Robert Browning in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street. William N. Robson, CBS director due back shortly from a research tour in Europe, will produce and direct "The Saint." Music will be under the direction of Leith Stevens.
45-06-27
2
Title Unknown
N
45-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 p.m.--The Saint (WBBM): new dramatic detective series starring Brian Aherne.

45-06-27 Mason City Globe-Gazette
THREE MORE characters have been added to the cast of "The Saint," KGLO-CBS Wednesday night mystery drama starring Brian Aherne.
The new members of the cast are Louise Arthur, portraying Patricia Holm, the Saint's girl; Ken Christy, playing "Hoppy" Uniatz, the Saint's ham-fisted machine-gun toting Friday; and Theodor Eltz, as Inspector John Henry Fernac. "The Saint" is heard at 7 p.m. over KGLO.
45-07-04
3
The Man Who Liked Toys
N
45-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
Wednesday 7:00 The Saint--WBBM
45-07-11
4
The Happy Smugglers
N
45-07-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--WBBM
45-07-18
5
The Prince Of Cherkessia
N
[Adapted from one of the Radio Athlone run of six stories]

45-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--(WBBM) mystery story starring Brian Aherne.
45-07-25
6
The 'Miracle Tea' Party
N
45-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--WBBM

45-07-25 Berkshire Eagle
8:00—WABC—Play, The Saint, with Brian Aherne.

45-07-25 Mason City Globe Gazette
BRIAN AHERNE, as Simon Templar, known to a mythical underworld as "The Saint," is off on another mystery-adventure of murder and intrigue on KGLO-CBS Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.
William Robson directs the program; Leslie Charteris, "Saint" originator, collaborates on the scripts.

45-08-01
7
The Saint Meets An Angel
N
45-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--(WBBM): matches wits with police inspector.
45-08-08
8
The Man Who Liked Ants
N
[Adapted from one of the Radio Athlone run of six stories]

45-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--(WBBM): "
The Man Who Liked Ants" develops one of Frankenstein proportions.
45-08-15
9
The Mug's Game
N
45-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--(WBBM): Brian Aherne, as debonair Simon Templar, matches wits with police inspector.
45-08-22
10
G. I. Ghouls
N
45-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--WBBM

45-08-22 Mason City Globe Gazette
BRIAN AHERNE, as Simon Templar, title role of KGLO-CBS' "The Saint," is off on another mystery-adventure of murder and intrigue, Wednesday at 7 p.m..
Louise Arthur plays The Saint's girl-friend, Patricia Holmes, Ken Christy plays "Hoppy" Uniatz, William
Robson directs the program; Leslie Charteris collaborates on the
scripts
.
45-08-29
11
Black Market On the Range
N
45-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--(WBBM): Brian Aherne as Simon Templar matches wits with Police Inspector John Henry Fernac.
45-09-05
12
The Vanishing Lady
N
45-09-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--WBBM
45-09-12
13
The Masked Angel
N
45-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Saint--WBBM





47-07-09
1
Political Intrigue
N
[Premieres locally over CBS affiliate KNX Radio, starring Vincent Price as Simon Templar]

47-07-09 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-07-16
2
Rare Painting Smugglers
N
47-07-16 San Mateo Times
9 P.M. --KQW--The Saint
47-07-23
3
Blackmail
N
47-07-23 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint

47-07-23 San Mateo Times
9 P.M. --KQW--The Saint
47-07-30
4
Doll With A Broken Head
N
47-07-30 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint

47-07-30 San Mateo Times
9 P.M.-- KQW--The Saint
47-08-06
5
Murder For Buried Treasure
N
47-08-06 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint

47-08-06 Oakland Tribune
9 P.M.-- KQW--The Saint
47-08-13
6
The Steel-Ice Murders
N
47-08-13 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-08-20
7
Family Gun-Play
N
47-08-20 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-08-27
8
Baby Adoption Ring Blackmail
N
47-08-27 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-09-03
9
The Baseball Team Shooting
N
47-09-03 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-09-10
10
The Man Who Ran Away
N
47-09-10 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-09-17
11
Blackmail In Phony Rare Books
N
47-09-17 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-09-24
12
Murder For Life Insurance
N
47-09-24 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-10-01
--
--
47-10-01 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-10-08
13
The Saint Gets the Bird
N
47-10-08 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-10-15
14
A Gangster District Attorney
Y
47-10-15 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint

Features
Jeff Chandler
47-10-22
15
A Schizophrenic Psychiatrist
N
47-10-22 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint

a.k.a.
Murder On the High Seas
47-10-29
16
Greed Causes Murder
N
[Note: There are several circulating exemplars of Greed Causes Murder with the earlier date of 47-10-29. This is yet another case of either wishful thinking or self-fulfilling prophecy, since all circulating exemplars of an episode dated 47-10-29 have a Mutual aircheck at the close]

47-10-29 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-11-05
17
Diathermy Machine
N
47-11-05 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-11-12
18
The Case of the Hasty Hearse
N
47-11-12 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-11-19
19
A Political Frame-Up
N
47-11-19 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-11-26
20
The Case of the 500 Lemons
N
47-11-26 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-12-03
21
Playing With Fire
N
47-12-03 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-12-10
22
The Case of the Confused Cadillacs
N
47-12-10 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-12-17
23
The Saint Goes Underground
N
47-12-17 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-12-24
24
The Nineteen Santa Clauses
N
47-12-24 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
47-12-31
25
The Case Of the Chilly Corpse
N
47-12-31 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-01-07
26
Open Season On Saints
N
48-01-07 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-01-14
27
The Second Case Of the Chilly Corpse
N
48-01-14 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-01-21
28
Crime Wave
N
48-01-21 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-01-28
29
The Case of the Ardent Artichoke
N
48-01-28 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-02-04
30
The Disappearing Dentist
N
48-02-04 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-02-11
31
The Case of the Warmblooded Ghost
N
47-08-06 Hayward Daily Review
7 P.M.-- KQW--The Saint
48-02-18
32
Retribution
N
48-02-18 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-02-25
33
The Case of the Cigar Store Indian
N
48-02-25 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-03-03
34
The Case of the Unhappy Homicide
N
48-03-03 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-03-10
35
The Death Of a Fighter
N
48-03-10 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-03-17
36
The Saint Is Framed
N
48-03-17 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-03-24
37
The Case of the Unkindest Cut
N
48-03-24 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-03-31
38
The Jewels Of Fang Ta
N
48-03-31 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-04-07
39
The Latest Style in Murder
N
48-04-07 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-04-14
40
The Case of the Lopsided Triangle
N
48-04-14 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-04-21
41
Hard Money
N
48-04-21 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-04-28
42
The Case of the Indiscreet Parakeet
N
48-04-28 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-05-05
43
Tiger By the Tail
N
48-05-05 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-05-12
44
Jail Break
N
48-05-12 Los Angeles Times
8 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-05-19
45
With No Tomorrow
N
48-05-19 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-05-26
46
The Case of the Blonde Who Lost Her Head
N
48-05-26 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-06-02
47
Pearls Before Swine
N
48-06-02 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-06-09
48
The Case of the Department Store Dummy
N
48-06-09 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-06-16
49
A Night Club Story
N
48-06-16 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-06-23
50
The Fence
N
48-06-23 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint
48-06-30
51
Title Unknown
N
48-06-30 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint

48-06-30 Oakland Tribune
7:00 P.M. KQW-The Saint.
48-07-07
--
--
--
48-07-07 Los Angeles Times
7 P.M. KNX-The Saint

48-07-07 Oakland Tribune
7:00 P.M. KQW-
Man Named Jordan.





49-07-10
1
Blackmail
N
[Moves to Mutual]

49-07-17
2
Murder For Buried Treasure
N
49-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-07-24
3
Family Gun-Play
N
49-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-07-31
4
The Saint Goes Underground
Y
49-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-08-07
5
Rare Painting Smugglers
N
49-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-08-14
6
Greed Causes Murder
Y
[Note: There are several circulating exemplars of Greed Causes Murder with the earlier date of 47-10-29. This is yet another case of either wishful thinking or self-fulfilling prophecy, since all circulating exemplars of an episdoe dated 47-10-29 have a Mutual aircheck at the close]

49-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-08-21
7
A Political Frame-Up
N
49-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-08-28
8
The Baseball Team Shooting
N
49-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-09-04
9
Death Of A Fighter
N
49-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-09-11
10
Retribution
N
49-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-09-18
11
A Schizophrenic Psychiatrist
Y
49-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint

Announces
the decision by the British Exchequer to devalue the British Pound Sterling. That decision was made on September 19, 1949. The problem in dating this episode arises from a closing announcement that Vincent Price would be appearing soon in Champagne for Caesar, which wasn't released until May 1950.

a.k.a.
Murder On The High Seas
49-09-25
12
Political Intrigue
N
49-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-10-02
13
The Latest Style In Murder
N
49-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-10-09
14
Hard Money
N
49-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-10-16
15
The Case Of the Warm Blooded Ghost
N
49-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-10-23
16
The Second Case Of the Chilly Corpse
N
49-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-10-30
17
The Case Of the Indiscreet Parakeet
N
49-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-11-06
18
The Case Of the Unhappy Homicide
Y
49-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-11-13
19
The Case Of the Blonde Who Lost Her Head
Y
49-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-11-20
20
The Case Of the Lopsided Triangle
The Disappearing Dentist
N
49-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint

49-11-20 La Crosse Tribune
VINCENT PRICE, starring on WKTY as "The Saint" at 6:30 tonight, picks up a pretty girl hitchhiker and saves her from death in the nick of time, and likewise solves "
The Case of the Lopsided Triangle."
49-11-27
21
The Disappearing Dentist
N
49-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-12-04
22
The Saint Is Framed
N
49-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-12-11
23
The Bookstore
N
49-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-12-18
24
The Case Of the Department Store Dummy
N
49-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
49-12-25
25
Santa Claus Is No Saint
The Nineteen Santa Clauses
N
[Note: the overwhelming majority of the circulating exemplars of this episode are actually the 50-12-24 episode of The Saint. The close announces both the Christmas Program of The Big Show and Vincent Price 'soon to be seen' in His Kind of Woman (1951)]

49-12-25
Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-01-01
26
The Case Of the Chilly Corpse
N
50-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-01-08
27
The Cake That Killed
Y
50-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-01-15
28
Pearls Before Swine
N
50-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-01-22
29
The Case Of the Lonesome Slab
N
[Note: A circulating exemplar titled The Case of The Lonesome Slab contains the announcement of radio station WWJ's 30th Anniversary]

50-01-22
Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-01-29
30
A Gangster District Attorney
N
50-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint


Features
Jeff Chandler
50-02-05
31
The Murderous Music Box
N
50-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-02-12
32
The Fence
N
50-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-02-19
33
The Stiff Swami
N
50-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-02-26
34
The Case Of the Hasty Hearse
N
50-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-03-05
35
Jail Break
N
50-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-03-12
36
The Girl with the Canvasback Bag
N
50-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-03-19
37
For the Record
N
50-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-03-26
38
The Case Of the Two-Headed Girl
N
50-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-04-02
39
Design For Murder
N
50-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-04-09
40
One Artichoke To Go
N
50-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-04-16
41
The Non-Visiting Visitor
N
50-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-04-23
12
The Husband Without A Future
N
50-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-04-30
43
Murder Of A Champion
N
50-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-05-07
44
The Twin Killing
N
50-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-05-14
45
The Bilious Baron
N
50-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-05-21
46
The Mummy's Mummy
N
50-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint
50-05-28
47
The Damp Dilemma
N
50-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 6:30 The Saint





50-06-11
1
The Sinister Sneeze
Y
[Premiere over NBC; Renamed The Adventures of The Saint]

50-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): Vincent Price and Leslie Charteris character move to NBC.
50-06-18
2
A Sonata For Slayers
Y
50-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 6:30 The Saint
50-06-25
3
The Dangerous Diaper
N
50-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 6:30 The Saint
50-07-02
4
A Real Gone Guy
Y
50-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 6:30 The Saint
50-07-09
5
The Problem Of the Peculiar Payoff
Y
50-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
Templar stalks a hired killer.
50-07-16
6
Follow the Leader
Y
50-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): hunts would-be fuehrer.
50-07-23
7
The Frightened Author
Y
50-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 The Saint
50-07-30
8
The Case Of the Previewed Crime
Y
50-07-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 The Saint
50-08-06
9
The Corpse Said Ouch
Y
50-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ):
woman reads her obituary, seeks her killer.
50-08-13
10
Dossier On a Damsel in Distress
N
50-08-13 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ):
and an actress witness a killing.
50-08-20
11
Reflection On Murder
Y
50-08-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 The Saint

50-08-20 La Crosse Tribune
"DREAMBOAT!"—that was the name a teen-aged school girl had for "The Saint," gentleman-adventurer.
The teen-ager lands The Saint in jail on a murder rap
. . . and the whole episode adds up to exciting listening. Keep tuned to WKBH for another exciting adventure of "The, Saint." Time of broadcast—6:30, suppertime, tonight!

50-08-20 La Crosse Tribune
"TOP SECRET!" Glamorous Ilona Massey as the intriguing Baroness Gaza ferrets out the location of a V-2 bomb launching cite . . . during the exciting program you'll hear tonight at 8:30.
Beginning September 1st, this story of adventure and espionage will be heard on Friday evenings at 7 o'clock.

The ending announcements cite Sam Spade to follow (which aired on 50-08-20) and Helen Traubel and Vladimir Golschmann appearing on NBC's Summer Symphony series. That appearance was also on 50-08-20. An oft-cited "The Case of The Lonesome Slab" refers to much the same focal plot of the "Dossier On A Damsel In Distress". We believe them to be one in the same.

Features Eleanor Audley as Vera Pangbourne
50-08-22 The Case of the Lonesome Slab
--
The ending announcement of the 50-08-20 episode immediately above also cites the 30th Anniversary of Radio station WWJ. WWJ's actual 30th anniversary would have been August 20, 1950. We're therefore inclined to believe that The Case of The Lonesome Slab and Dossier On A Damsel In Distress are one in the same. Searches for the turn-on date for WWJ's transmitter vary from August 20, 1920 to August 22, 1920, which may explain the previous erroneous dating for this title. But according to The Detroit News' own publication copyright 1922, the turn-on date for WWJ's transmitter was August 20, 1920.
50-08-27
12
Cupid and the Corpse
Y
50-08-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 The Saint


50-08-20 La Crosse Tribune
"DREAMBOAT!"—that was the name a teen-aged school girl had for "The Saint," gentleman-adventurer.
The teen-ager lands The Saint in jail on a murder rap
. . . and the whole episode adds up to exciting listening. Keep tuned to WKBH for another exciting adventure of "The, Saint." Time of broadcast—6:30, suppertime, tonight!
50-09-03
13
The Baseball Murder
Y
50-09-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 The Saint
50-09-10
14
The Horrible Hamburger
Y
50-09-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 The Falcon

Announces
'Wednesday marks the return of The Colmans to The Halls of Ivy the ." The Halls of Ivy returned to the air on September 13, 1950
50-09-17
15
The Ghost That Giggled
Y
[Barry Sullivan appears as Simon Templar]

50-09-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 The Saint
50-09-24
16
Dossier On A Doggone Dog
Y
[Barry Sullivan appears as Simon Templar]

50-09-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 5:30 The Saint
50-10-01
--
Pre-Empted
N
50-10-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 6:30
Phil Harris, Alice Faye
50-10-08
--
Pre-Empted
N
50-10-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 6:30
Phil Harris, Alice Faye
50-10-15
--
Pre-Empted
N
50-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 6:30
Phil Harris, Alice Faye
50-10-22
--
Pre-Empted
N
50-10-22 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 6:30
Phil Harris, Alice Faye
50-10-29
17
It's Snow Use
Y
50-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
returns to the air.
50-11-05
18
Miss Godby's School For Girls
Y
50-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
too many suspects.
50-11-12
19
The Dame On the Doorstep
Y
50-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
helps girl who believes she's to be murder victim.
50-11-19
20
No Hiding Place
Y
50-11-19 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
Templar tries to free railroaded convict.
50-11-26
21
The Terrible Tintype
Y
50-11-26 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
meets a girl with a gun.
50-12-03
22
Martin Hickerson, Private Eye
Y
50-12-03 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
beautiful girl asks for hug.
50-12-10
23
The Chiseling Chimpanzee
Y
50-12-10 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
thieves weep over chimpanzee's murder.

Features
Sheldon Leonard
50-12-17
24
Simon Minds the Baby
Y
50-12-17 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
frightening boxing champion phones for help.

Features
Sheldon Leonard
50-12-24
25
Santa Claus Is No Saint
Y
50-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 3:30 The Saint

Announces Vincent Price
'soon to be seen in His Kind of Woman' (1951) and the Christmas Show of The Big Show
50-12-31
26
The Grim Reaper
N
50-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:30 The Saint
51-01-07
27
Ladies Never Lie . . . Much
Y
51-01-07 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
beautiful woman confesses husband's murder before it happens.
51-01-14
28
Simon Takes A Curtain Call
Y
51-01-14 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
actor asks for help, fearing he's killing co-star.
51-01-21
29
Tuba or Not Tuba, That is the Question
Y
51-01-21 Wisconsin State Journal
3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): meets the "
Queen of Transylvania."

Features
Gloria Blondell as The Queen of Transylvania
51-01-28
--
Pre-Empted
--
51-01-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:30 Northwestern Centennial

51-01-28 Chicago Tribune
3:30--WMAQ--The Search. Tribute to Northwestern university's 100th anniversary with Clifton Utley, Carlos Romulo, Bernard Baruch, Bishop J. Ralph McGee, and Dean Clarence Mannion.

The Washington Post
4:00--WRC--
The Falcon
51-02-04
30
The Carnival Murder
Y
51-02-04 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): Simon Templar hunts bridegroom, finds murders.
51-02-11
31
The Bride Who Lost Her Groom
Y
51-02-11 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): dying criminal discloses murder plot.
51-02-18
32
Next Of Kin
Y
51-02-18 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): man with suitcase full of money can't recall its source.
51-02-25
33
The Big Swindle
Y
51-02-25 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:30 The Saint
51-03-04
34
The What-Not What Got Hot
Y
51-03-04 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): vanishing furniture and two murders.
51-03-11
35
Button, Button . . .
Y
51-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): art dealer and priceless paintings disappear.
51-03-18
36
The Birds and Bees Of East Orange
Y
51-03-18 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): librarian thinks she's losing her mind.
51-03-25
37
Formula For Death
Y
51-03-25 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): massive gunman and mysterious envelope.
51-04-01
38
Simon Carries the Ivy
Y
51-04-01 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): crime on the campus.
51-04-08
39
The Ghosts Who Came To Dinner
Y
51-04-08 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): horror on an ancient estate.
51-04-15
40
The Strange Bedfellows
Y
51-04-15 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): exposing vicious political tactics.
51-04-22
41
The Lady Who Leaned
Y
51-04-22 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): blonde steals Templar's gun.
51-04-29
42
Fishes Gotta Eat
Y
51-04-29 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA): $50,000 in gems and three murders.
51-05-06
43
Win and Lose
N
51-05-06 Wisconsin State Journal - WMAQ 2:30 The Saint
51-05-13
44
The Girl With the Built-In Springs
N
51-05-13 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:30 The Saint
51-05-20
45
Pin No Roses On My Corpse
Y
51-05-20 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:30 The Saint





51-05-27
46
The Children's Crusade
Y
[Stars Tom Conway]

51-05-27 Wisconsin State Journal - 3:30 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
Tom Conway succeeds Vincent Price in title role.
51-06-03
47
The Girl With the Lower Berth
Y
51-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:30 The Saint
51-06-10
48
The Funny Man
N
51-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:30 The Saint
51-06-17
49
The Girl Who Had the Midgets
N
51-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:30 The Saint
51-06-24
50
Peter the Great
Y
51-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:30 The Saint
51-07-01
51
Death Of A Cowboy
Y
51-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:00 The Saint
51-07-08
52
Satan's Angels
Y
51-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 3:00 The Saint
51-07-15
53
No, My Darling Daughter
Y
51-07-15 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--The Saint (WIBA):
high school athlete disappears.
51-07-22
54
The Big Deal
N
51-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--The Saint (WMAQ): starring
Tom Conway.
51-07-29
55
The Case Of the Lopsided Triangle
N
51-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:00 The Saint
51-08-05
56
The Perfumed Blonde Case
N
--
51-08-12
57
The Pickpocket Case
N
51-08-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:00 The Saint
51-08-19
58
A Picture Of A Politician
N
51-08-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:00 The Saint
51-08-26
59
The Prize Fight Case
N
51-08-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:00 The Saint
51-09-02
60
The Fishing Boat Case
N
51-09-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:00 The Saint
51-09-09
61
The Fish Case
N
51-09-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:00 The Saint
51-09-16
62
The Round-Robin Murders
N
51-09-16 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:00 The Saint

51-09-16 Washington Post
WRC--4:00--The Saint

51-09-16 New York Times
WNBC--4:00--The Saint
51-09-23
63
The Missing Witness Case
N
51-09-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 3:00 The Saint

51-09-23 Washington Post
WRC--4:00--The Saint

51-09-23 New York Times
WNBC--4:00--The Saint
51-09-30
64
The Baggage Check Case
N
51-09-30 Syracuse Herald Journal
WSYR 4:00 The Saint
51-10-07
65
The Big Shakedown
N
51-10-07 Charleston Gazette
WGKV 4:00 The Saint
51-10-14
66
The Ex-Con Case
N
51-10-14 Charleston Gazette
WGKV 4:00 The Saint
51-10-21
67
The Bracelet
N
51-10-21 Charleston Gazette
KGKV 4:00 The Saint

51-10-20 Wisconsin State Journal
Sunday 3:00 The Saint WMAQ.
51-10-28
--
--
--
[ Replaced by The Falcon]

51-10-27 Wisconsin State Journal
Sunday 3:00 The Falcon WMAQ





The Saint Radio Program Log [BBC Radio 4]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
95-08-28
1
Saint Overboard
Y
[With Paul Rhys and Patsy Kensit; background noise]
95-09-04
2
The Saint Closes the Case
Y
[With Paul Rhys and Kim Thompson]
95-09-11
3
The Saint Plays with Fire
Y
[With Paul Rhys and Kim Thompson]





98-06-10
4
Enter the Saint
Y
Part of BBC Radio 4 'The Radio Detectives' by Jeffrey Richards






The Saint Radio Program Biographies




Edgar Barrier
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1907-1964)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Education: Columbia University of New York

Radiography:
1938 Mercury Theater
1939 Campbell Playhouse
1941 Forecast
1941 Lux Radio Theatre
1943 Lights Out!
1943 Mayor Of the Town
1944 The Pacific Story
1944 Fifth War Loan Drive
1944 Mail Call
1945 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater
1946 Mercury Summer Theater
1647 Family Theater
1947 The Journey Of the Magi
1948 Escape!
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1948 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1949 The Whistler
1949 Chandu the Magician
1949 The Green Lama
1950 Broadway Is My Beat
1950 The Line-Up
1951 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1951 Hallmark Playhouse
1951 Broadway Is My Beat
1951 Suspense
1951 O'Hara (Audition)
1951 Romance
1951 Pursuit
1952 The Pendleton Story
1953 Bakers' Theatre Of Stars
1953 On Stage
1953 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1953 General Electric Theater
1953 Rogers Of the Gazsette
1953 Crime Classics
1953 Gunsmoke
1954 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1955 A Man Named Jordan
1956 Fort Laramie
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1959 Have Gun--Will Travel
1960 Heartbeat Theater
Edgar Barrier circa 1943
Edgar Barrier circa 1943

Edgar Barrier with Joseph Cotten in Journey Into Fear (1943)
Edgar Barrier with Joseph Cotten in Journey Into Fear (1943)

Edgar Barrier as Edward Kreiger in Game of Death (1945)
Edgar Barrier as Edward Kreiger in Game of Death (1945)

Edgar Barrier as Dr. Ameer Lazar in Tarzan Meets the Leopard Woman (1946)
Edgar Barrier as Dr. Ameer Lazar in Tarzan Meets the Leopard Woman (1946)

1939 Norman Bel Geddes designed Futurama venue at the 1939 New York World's Fair
1939 Norman Bel Geddes designed Futurama venue at the 1939 New York World's Fair
Columbia University-educated Edgar Barrier got his start on the Stage in his hometown, New York, appearing in twelve plays between 1928 and 1938. His rather inauspicious debut was as Ted Arnold in The Pleasure Man (1928), a play written by Mae West. It opened at The Biltmore Theatre on October 1, 1928 and closed on October 2, 1928.

Needless to say, his subsequent outings on and off Broadway were far more rewarding. His talent was such that, by 1937, his performances caught the interest of Orson Welles and John Houseman, of the Mercury Theatre Players. Barrier joined the company and soon after appeared in the Players' ground-breaking Julius Caesar adaptation (1938) both in New York and on the road with a touring version of the popularly and critically acclaimed rendition of the Shakespeare classic.

Barrier also appeared in The Mercury Theatre of The Air in 1938 and the Mercury Theatre Players' productions for Campbell Playhouse (1939). The Mercury Theatre appearances launched a twenty-two year Radio career marked by appearances on most of Radio's most prestigious and popular programs of The Golden Age of Radio--some 2,000 appearances in all.

1938 also marked Barrier's debut in Film, in the Orson Welles-directed Too Much Johnson (1938). Barrier's Film career spanned twenty-five years, culminating in an uncredited appearance in Billy Wilder's comedy, Irma La Douce (1963) as General Lafayette.

Barrier subsequently embarked on a Television career (1949-1963) which eventually spanned the entire Golden Age of Television, with over seventy appearances in many of Television's most popular programs.

Barrier was a brilliantly versatile dramatic actor, most often cast in deliciously villainous roles in virtually every Film, Television, Stage and Radio genre imaginable. Barrier's portrayal of Banquo in Orson Welles' 1948 Film interpretation of Macbeth was hailed years after as the finest interpretation of Banquo ever performed on Stage, Screen or Radio.

Unable to escape the villianous roles he was cast in, Barrier appeared in a succession of action/adventure 'B' Films between 1940 and 1948, interspersed with some truly remarkable performances in, among others, Escape (1940, Comrade X (1940), Eagle Squadron (1942), Journey Into Fear (1943), Phantom of The Opera (1943), A Game of Death (1945), To The Ends of The Earth (1948) and culminating with his standard-setting performance as Banquo for Orson Welles.

Barrier's mostly character roles over Radio were highlighted by his selection as the first American Simon Templar over American Radio in NBC's 1945 run of Leslie Charteris' roguish, The Saint.

But Barrier's greatest claim to world fame was arguably his role as narrator for the American Futurama display at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The Norman Bel Geddes-designed 'City of Tomorrow' was one of the most ambitious venues of the largest World's Fair in history. Edgar Barrier was selected to narrate the wildly popular exhibits for Futurama, and was chosen as the possessor of the "standard American voice" at the World's Fair.

While still actively working in Television, Edgar Barrier succumbed to a heart attack in 1964 at the age of 57. Barrier's extraordinary career spanned all 36 years of his adult life, encompassed Film, the Stage, Radio, and Television, and was highlighted by his selection as the most representative American 'voice' at the largest international World's Fair in history.

All in all an extraordinary record of accomplishments for one of America's finest, most versatile dramatic actors.



Brian Aherne [William Brian de Lacy Aherne ]
(Simon Templar)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor; Author
(1902-1986)

Birthplace: King's Norton, Worcestershire, U.K.

Education:
Edgebaston, Birmingham, England
Italia Conti Academy, London, England
Malvern College, Worcestershire, England

Radiography:
1936 The Magic Key
1936 Lux Radio Theatre
1937 The Royal Geletin Hour
1937 Shakespeare Cycle
1938 Rudy Vallee Hour
1941 Gulf Screen Guild Theater
1942 Radio Reader's Digest
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater
1943 Treasury Star Parade
1944 Radio Hall Of Fame
1944 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1945 Music America Loves Best
1945 Tribute To Glenn Miller
1948 Our Land Be Bright
1948 NBC University Theater
1949 Sealtest Variety Theater
1949 MGM Theatre Of the Air
1952 United Nations Today
1956 Spotlight Story

Brian Aherne at CBS mike holding scripts for The Saint from 1945
Brian Aherne at CBS mike holding scripts for The Saint from 1945

Brian Aherne circa 1923
Brian Aherne circa 1923

Brian Aherne publicity still for Beloved Enemy (1936)
Brian Aherne publicity still for Beloved Enemy (1936)

Bette Davis with Brian Aherne in Juarez (1939)
Bette Davis with Brian Aherne in Juarez (1939).

Aherne married the beautiful Joan Fontaine after meeting her while dating her sister Olivia De Haviland (1939)
Aherne married the beautiful Joan Fontaine after meeting her while dating her sister Olivia De Haviland (1939)

Aherne with Carole Lombard in Vigil In the Night (1940)
Aherne with Carole Lombard in Vigil In the Night (1940)

Brian Aherne gets a kick in the pants from Rosalind Russell in Hired Wife (1940)
Brian Aherne gets a kick in the pants from Rosalind Russell in Hired Wife (1940)

Brian Aherne and Katherine Cornell return to Broadway together in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1947)
Brian Aherne and Katherine Cornell return to Broadway together in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1947)

Closeup of Cornell and Aherne on stage in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1947)
Closeup of Cornell and Aherne on stage in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1947)

Cornell (left) and Aherne and wife scan Kansas cornfields during 1959 two-man tour of Cornell's Dear Liar. They played in 56 cities traversing 18,000 mis. of American hinterland.
Cornell (left) and Aherne and wife scan Kansas cornfields during 1959 two-man tour of Cornell's Dear Liar. They played in 56 cities traversing 18,000 mis. of American hinterland.

Katherine Cornell is backseat driver to Brian Aherne during their 18,000 mile tour of Dear Liar (1959)
Katherine Cornell is backseat driver to Brian Aherne during their 18,000 mile tour of Dear Liar (1959)

Brian Aherne circa 1959
Brian Aherne circa 1959
Versatile actor Brian Aherne was born in Worcestershire, England in 1902, to an architect and a former actress. Not long after, young Master Aherne was performing as a child actor in 'Pantos' in and around Worcestershire, having studied briefly at the Italia Conti Academy in London. Aherne completed his secondary education and eventually debuted on the Birmingham Stage with The Pilgrim Players in Fifinella (1910) at the age of 18. His first appearance on the London Stage was in Where The Rainbow Ends (1913).

Aherne returned to college to study architecture in the steps of his father, but the draw of the limelight proved to be his greater interest and between 1923 and 1930, Aherne performed in London, in Australia, and throughout The West End in some twenty-eight plays in mostly leading and major supporting roles.

Aherne arrived in America in 1930 and made his debut on the American Stage as Robert Browning in the 1931 play, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, opposite the legendary Katherine Cornell, the first of many joint productions in a life-long friendship and collaboration between the two great actors.

Alternating between Broadway and the London Stage, Aherne appeared in four more major Stage productions between 1931 and 1934.

Aherne had begun his film career in England in silent film features beginning in 1924. 1931 found Brian Aherne in his first of several British 'talkies' in Madame Guillotine. Aherne's first American talkie was in RKO's The Fountain (1934). Aherne's Film career eventually spanned over thirty-five films in mostly leading roles.

Aherne's Radio career began in 1936 with NBC's The Magic Key, eventually spanning twenty years and over 200 appearances. Aherne played the lead as Simon Templar in CBS's 1945 rendition of The Saint over Radio. Most of Aherne's appearances over Radio were in adaptations of his Film roles or as himself in the more popular comedy and variety programs of the era.

During World War II, Brian Aherne and Katherine Cornell toured 143 performances of The Barretts of Wimpole Street for American troops stationed in France and Italy--to surprisingly enthusiastic reviews by the G.I.s!

Brian Aherne's Television career began with The Ford Theatre Hour's presentation of Dear Brutus (1950), the first of some seventy appearances over Television.

While finding considerable success over Radio, Film and Television, Aherne's first love remained the Stage. In 1959 Aherne and Katherine Cornell embarked on a 56-city tour of Cornell's Dear Liar, a two-man play starring the two great actors. The bus tour eventually spanned over 18,000 miles of American terrain in the process. Cornell and Aherne's various collaborations spanned over forty years and well over 2,000 performances together in one capacity or another.

Aherne's parts in Film and Television were generally age-appropriate as Aherne neared the end of his acting career. Effectively retiring from Television and Film in the mid-1960s, Brian Aherne spent the remainder of his life involved with Stage productions and with his devoted family.

As a personal aside, the author enjoyed the great fortune of meeting and getting to know Mr. Aherne between 1970 and 1972. Ostensibly a client, Mr. Aherne, then in his 70's, was as tall as ever (almost 6' 4") , stood ramrod straight, and was as gracious and engaging as one might ever imagine a personality of Mr. Aherne's fame. He was wonderfully versed on a wide and eclectic range of topics, had a wonderful, wry wit, piercing, direct eyes, and a ready smile. Between client visits, Mr. Aherne would often walk up to my place of business just to sit at a rail overlooking the ocean and chat for a bit before resuming his constitutional. I found him entirely unassuming, almost dismissive of his extraordinary talent and accomplishments, and disarmingly interested in the lives and interests of others--a kind, generous, and gracious gentleman in every respect.

Brian Aherne passed away of heart failure, in February 1986 at the age of 84, leaving his second wife of forty years, the former Eleanor de Liagre Labrot, a daughter and five grandchildren. Aherne's first wife was Joan Fontaine, a marriage that spanned almost six years between 1939 and 1945. Mr. Aherne always spoke well of Ms. Fontaine and her sister, Olivia De Haviland, and one got the impression that after parting company they remained life-long friends.

From the February 12, 1986 edition of the Gainesville Sun:

 
Stage, film star Brian Aherne dies
 The Associated Press
 
     VENICE--Brian De Lacy Aherne, who portrayed a classy British gentleman with such leading ladies as Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis during his film career, died at age 83 at a hospital here.
 
     He had retired nearly 20 years before his death Monday at Venice Memorial Hospital.
 
     "His heart just gradually gave out," said his wife, Eleanor, in a telephone interview from the couple's Boca Grande home.
 
     Born to an architect and would-be actress in Great Britain, his acting career outdistanced those of his sister, Elena, and brother, Patrick.
 
     Aherne's first theatrical stint was doing pantomines on neighborhood stages during his childhood.
 
     He gave up architecture studies at Malvern College in 1923 to act in "Paddy, the Next Best Thing," a regional play and moved to the British silent screen in "The Eleventh Commandment," "The Constant Nymph" and others, while touring Australia in stage performances.
 
     He came to Broadway in 1931 to portray Robert Browning opposite Katharine Cornell in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street," receiving rave reviews from a New York Times critic.
 
     But he was soon lured to the screen, first playing opposite Ms. Dietrich in "Song of Songs" in 1933 and ending his film career in 1967 with "Rosie," co-starring Rosalind Russell.
 
     His 1939 marriage to actress Joan Fontaine ended with divorce in 1944, and two years later, he wed Eleanor Labrout.
 
     They settled into a quiet life together, she said Monday.
 
     The couple lived alternately at a beach house in Santa Monica, Calif., bought from Cary Grant and Barbara Hutton, a villa in Switzerland, and the Florida home.
 
     Aherne also published a popular autobiography, "A Proper Job," in 1969.
 
     He said he was never sure acting was a serious career.
 
     "Never was all that impressed with the glamour of it," he said.

Brian Aherne clearly loved the Stage and the Stage clearly loved him--as did his hundreds of thousands of admiring fans. His presence and reputation in the Theatre seemed to have no discernable effect on him--a characteristic that set him well apart from many of his peers of the era.

He's very genuinely missed.




Vincent Price [Vincent Leonard Price, Jr.]
(Simon Templar)
Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Actor; Gourmet; Artist; Writer; Humanitarian
(1911-1993)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

Education:
St. Louis Country Day School
B.A., Yale University
Courtauld Institute, University of London, U.K.

Radiography:
1936 Fleischmann's Yeast Hour
1938 The Royal Desserts Program
1939 Great Plays
1942 Treasury Star Parade
1942 Columbia Workshop
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1943 Suspense
1944 Lux Radio Theatre
1945 Cavalcade Of America
1945 Columbia Presents Corwin
1945 Theatre Of Romance
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1946 The World In Music
1947 The Long Night
1947 Favorite Story
1947 Sealtest Village Store
1947 Family Theatre
1947 The Adventures Of the Saint
1947 Hollywood Fights Back
1948 Command Performance
1949 The Lucky Strike Program
1949 Phillip Morris Playhouse
1949 The Thirteenth Juror
1949 The Croupier
1950 Escape
1950 Document A/777
1950 Screen Guild Theatre
1950 Stars Over Hollywood
1951 George Fisher Interviews the Stars
1951 Duffy's Tavern
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 This Is Your FBI
1952 Best Plays
1953 Bakers' Theatre Of Stars
1953 Guest Star
1954 Anthology
1955 Army Of Stars
1956 NBC Radio Theatre
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1957 Recollections At Thirty
1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1958 What's My Line?
1958 Says Who?
1959 Easter Sunrise Service
1959 The Salvation Army
1967 Studio One
1968 Wine Of the Country
1970 The Saints and the Sinners
1973 The Price Of Fear
1973 Vincent Price's Hall Of Horrors
1979 Sears Radio Theatre
The New National Guard Show
The Constant Invader
Hollywood Calling
Obsession

Filmography:
1938 Service de Luxe
1939 The Private Lives Of Elizabeth and Essex
1939 The Tower Of London
1940 The Invisible Man Returns
1940 Green Hell
1940 The House Of the Seven Gables
1940 Brigham Young
1941 Hudson's Bay
1943 The Song Of Bernadette
1944 The Eve Of St Mark
1944 Laura
1944 The Keys Of the Kingdom
1945 A Royal Scandal
1945 Leave Her To Heaven
1946 Shock
1946 Dragonwyck
1947 The Web
1947 The Long Night
1947 Moss Rose
1948 Up In Central Park
1948 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
1948 Rogues' Regiment
1950 The Three Musketeers
1949 The Bribe
1949 Bagdad
1950 The Baron Of Arizona
1950 Champagne For Caesar
1950 Curtain Call At Cactus Creek
1951 The Adventures Of Captain Fabian
1951 His Kind Of Woman
1652 The Las Vegas Story
1953 House Of Was
1954 Dangerous Mission
1954 Born In Freedom: The Story Of Colonel Drake
1954 Casanova's Big Night
1954 The Mad Magician
1955 Son Of Sinbad
1956 Serenade
1956 While The City Sleeps
1556 The Vagabond King
1956 The Ten Commandments
1957 The Story Of Mankind
1958 The Fly
1959 House On Haunted Hill
1959 The Big Circus
1959 The Tingler
1959 Return Of the Fly
1959 The Bat
1960 The House Of Usher
1961 Master Of the World
1961 The Pit and the Pendulum
1961 Nefertiti, Regina del Nilo
1961 Gordon, il pirata nero
1962 Confessions Of An Opium Eater
1962 Tales Of Terror
1962 Convicts 4
1962 Tower Of London
1963 The Raven
1963 Diary Of A Madman
1963 Beach Party
1963 The Haunted Palace
1963 Twice Told Tales
1963 The Comedy Of Terrors
1964 The Last Man On Earth
1964 The Masque Of the Red Death
1964 The Tomb Of Ligeia
1965 The City Under the Sea
1965 Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
1966 Dr Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs
1967 The Jackals
1968 Spirits Of the Dead
1968 The Conquerer Worm
1968 More Dead Than Alive
1969 The Oblong Box
1969 The Trouble With Girls
1970 Scream and Scream Again
1970 Cry Of the Banshee
1971 The Abominable Dr Phibes
1972 An Evening Of Edgar Allan Poe
1972 The Aries Computer
1972 Dr Phibes Rises Again
1973 Theater Of Blood
1974 Madhouse
1974 Percy's Progress
1975 Journey Into Fear
1976 The Butterfly Ball
1979 Scavenger Hunt
1980 The Sorcerer's Apprentice
1980 The Monster Club
1982 Ruddigore
1982 Vincent
1983 House Of Long Shadows
1984 Bloodbath At the House Of Death
1986 The Great Mouse Detective
1987 The Offspring
1987 The Whales Of August
1988 Dead Heat
1990 Catchfire
1990 Edward Scissorhands
1993 The Princess and the Cobbler

Television career:
1951-57 Fireside Theater
1952 Lights Out
1952 Chesterfield Presents
1952 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
1952 Gruen Guild Playhouse
1952 Robert Montgomery Presents
1953 Summer Theatre
1953 Philip Morris Playhouse
1953 The Jack Benny Program
1955 Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater
1955 TV Reader's Digest
1951-56 Lux Video Theatre
1956 The Alcoa Hour
1956 Science Fiction Theatre
1955-56 Crossroads
1957 Shower Of Stars
1955-57 Climax!
1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1956-57 Playhouse 90
1958 Half Hour To Kill
1956-58 General Electric Theater
1952-58 Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars
1956-58 Matinee Theatre
1958 Have Gun--Will Travel
1959 Riverboat
1960 Adventures In Paradise
1960 Startime
1960 The Chevy Mystery Show
1960 United States Steel Hour
1961 The Best Of the Post
1965 The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1967 "F" Troop
1967 Voyage To the Bottom Of the Sea
1966-68 Batman
1969 Daniel Boone
1969 BBC Play Of the Month
1969 The Good Guys
1969 Get Smart
1970 Love, American Style
1970 The Mod Squad
1956-71 The Red Skelton Show
1971-72 Night Gallery
1972 The Brady Bunch
1973 Columbo
1974 The Snoop Sisters
1976 Ellery Queen
1976 The Bionic Woman
1977 The Brady Bunch Hour
1978 The Love Boat
1979 CBS Library
1979 Time Express
1980 Mystery!
1982 Trapper John, M.D.
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre
1985 The 13 Ghosts Of Scooby-Doo
1986 Escapes
1991 Tiny Toon Adventures

Vincent Price circa 1945
Vincent Price circa 1945

Dr. Price's innovative Cream Baking Powder circa 1883
Dr. Price's innovative Cream Baking Powder circa 1883

The Price family fortune was initially based on Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder, an innovative baking power formula containing cream of tartar. The popularity of the brand compelled Dr. Price to post this notice in the Alton Telegraph of November 15 1872
The Price family fortune was initially based on Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder, an innovative baking powder formula containing cream of tartar. The popularity of the brand compelled Dr. Price to post this notice in the Alton Telegraph of November 15 1872

Vincent Price as Joseph Smith in 1940's Brigham Young
Vincent Price as Joseph Smith in 1940's Brigham Young

Vincent Price as the Witchfinder in The Conqeror Worm (1968)
Vincent Price as the Witchfinder in The Conqueror Worm (1968)

Vincent Price as Shelby Carpenter in Laura (1944) with Dana Andrews
Vincent Price as Shelby Carpenter in Laura (1944) with Dana Andrews

Vincent Price at CBS mike for The Saint circa 1948
Vincent Price at CBS mike for The Saint circa 1948

Vincent Price as Soap Magnate Burnbridge Waters in Champagne for Caesar (1950), here seen with Caesar the parrot
Vincent Price as soap magnate Burnbridge Waters in Champagne for Caesar (1950), here seen with Caesar the parrot

Vincent Price in the horror classic, The House On Haunted Hill (1959)
Vincent Price in the horror classic, The House On Haunted Hill (1959)

Vincent Price as Robur in Master of The World (1961)
Vincent Price as Robur in Master of The World (1961)

Vincent Price the gourmet chef in his own Cooking show
Vincent Price the gourmet chef in his own Cooking show

Vincent Price voiced the Vincent Van Ghoul character in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)
Vincent Price voiced the Vincent Van Ghoul character in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)

Vincent Price voiced Professor Ratigan in The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Vincent Price voiced Professor Ratigan in The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

"A man who limits his interests limits his life."
-- Vincent Price

A fitting epitaph for one of America's truly great Renaissance Men. Vincent Price, or 'Bink' as his closest friends often addressed him, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1911, the son of Vincent Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company, and the former Marguerite Cobb. Price's grandfather was Vincent Clarence Price, the inventor of the first cream of tartar-based baking powder--Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder--and president of Steele and Price Manaufacturing.

Having broadened his education at Yale and London's Courtauld Institute, Vincent Price's interest turned to the Stage. Price made his Stage debut in 1935's Victoria Regina, as Prince Albert. The tall (6' 4"), handsome actor soon found work in Film, making his debut in 1938's Service Deluxe for Universal.

Price's debut over Radio was in Rudy Vallee's Fleishmann's Yeast Hour in 1936, the first of over 1,000 appearances over Radio. Price's Radio career spanned forty-three years of appearances in virtually every Radio genre of the era. Price's straight dramatic roles were the most eagerly anticipated and received, but Vincent Price's versatility over Radio found him appearing as a guest star and personality in many of the popular drama and variety programs of The Golden Age of Radio. Price starred as Simon Templar in the Frederick Ziv-synidated interpretation of The Saint, from 1947 through 1951.

Several of Vincent Price's appearances in Escape (1950) and Suspense (1943) represent some of most widely prized recordings from either canon. Price's appearance in Three Skeleton Key is often cited as one of the most thrilling recordings from The Golden Age.

Price was also featured in several Gov't sponsored and public service programs during World War II and later, including The World In Music (1946), The Constant Invader for the National Tuberculosis Association, Command Performance (1948), Treasury Star Parade, Guest Star (1955), The New National Guard Show, and Crusade for Freedom. Indeed as late as the 1970s, Price enjoyed lead and hosting roles over Radio in The Saints and The Sinners (1970), the BBC's The Price of Fear (1973) and Vincent Price's Hall of Horrors (1973). Price also shared hosting duties in 1979's Mutual Radio Theatre, one of the last successful attempts to revive Drama over Radio.

Vincent Price's understandable fame and entre into other media arose from Price's extraordinary Film career, during which he portrayed every character from Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion, to a regional medieval witchfinder--and every imaginable characterization in between. And though his over 140 films comprised only forty or less of the supernatural and horror variety, those are the films for which the great actor is most remembered by his millions of fans.

His background of having come from great wealth, then losing that great family wealth wasn't lost on him as he pursued his own film career. Price's attitude in accepting roles was based almost entirely on acquiring a paycheck. And he made no bones about it. Having invested a great deal of those paychecks in some of the finest art in world history, Price's own take on 'turning lemons into lemonade' clearly served both a higher purpose as well as a constant reminder of fortunes made and lost from his family's own past.

By the time that Vincent Price began pursuing Television roles, his reputation for both his abilities as an actor and his well-earned reputation as a humanitarian and Renaissance Man found him appearing as often in dramatic roles as he appeared as himself, in either parodies of his macabre portrayals on the big screen, or as the fascinating, urbane and widely read and experienced personality he'd become in his own right. His Television career spanned another 4oo performances over forty-five years.

As Vincent Price's own career and fame progressed, it became obvious that Price's acting appearances were simply a means to an end. Though he took every endeavor he associated himself with very seriously, the overarching passions in his life remained The Arts in general, his love of gourmet cooking, and his family and friends.

While characterized, rather starkly, as a social climber in the words of his daughter, it's clear that the social networking Price engaged in invariably benefited both parties. Price, though bedeviled by some of his own insecurities--as is everyone to one degree or another--always seemed to find a silver lining in everything he pursued. And his inherent talent for turning lemons into lemonade continued to preserve his optimism, ebullience, and joie de vivre throughout his long and storied life.

His quickness with a quip found him a regular guest on Television's Hollywood Squares, as well as endearing him to fans and peers alike throughout his entire career. As he became an elder-statesman of sorts in The Arts, his quickness of wit, charm, and hard-fought--and won--mastery of a multitude of artistic disciplines ultimately found him an international expert in food preparation, wine, fine art, and sculpture. Indeed, after years of what his daughter referred to as social climbing, Vincent Price ultimately achieved a position of preeminence as the one whom many sought to climb up to in his own right. Indeed, in Price's case, longevity was its own reward.

And yet, to the very end of his life, he remained remarkably accessible to fans and peers alike, irrespective of their fame, fortune or background--a testament to his own long history of both denouncing inequality and walking that walk by example.

Vincent Price clearly understood that his public persona had become larger than Life from the 1950s, forward. Indeed, in public and private interviews, Price continually downplayed his own amazing success. This, from all appearances and written accounts, wasn't posturing in any way. Price, perhaps owing to his own multidisciplinary background, seemed to grow not only more tolerant of others throughout his life, but at the same time acquired a more charitable view of his own shortcomings.

Price was first married to the former Edith Barrett, an actress, from 1938 to 1948, a union that produced a son, Vincent Barrett Price, in 1940. Divorced for a year, Price met and married designer Mary Grant in 1949, a union that produced his daughter, Victoria, in 1962. Divorced again in 1973, in 1974 Price married former Australian-born actress, Coral Browne, a union that lasted until her death in 1991.

Widely characterized as the love of his life, Price converted to Catholicism as a condition of marrying Ms. Browne, and Ms. Browne applied for American citizenship as a condition of marrying Mr. Price. Their relationship for the remainder of their lives together was widely reported as a life-long love affair. Upon Coral Browne's death in 1991, she was eulogized and buried at Beverly Hills' St. Victor's Catholic Church, to a full orchestral rendition of Mozart's Requiem Mass. Upon Vincent Price's own death in 1993, he was cremated and reportedly had his ashes, with that of his favorite gardening hat, scattered over the coast near Malibu.

From the October 26, 1993 edition of the Post-Standard (Syracuse NY):

Vincent Price, Hollywood's Perfect Villain, Dead at 82

     His reputation as a scare merchant was established in the 1953 thriller, "House of Wax."

     LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vincent Price, the stage-trained actor whose gaunt face and creepy voice made him the perfect villain in such thrillers as "House of Wax," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Raven," died Monday at age 82.
     Price died of lung cancer, his personal assistant, Reg Williams, said from the actor's home.
     A versatile actor who once played Prince Albert to Helen Hayes' "Victoria Regina," Price became known in his later years as the prince of menace. He was amused by his reputation and exploited it by contributing a ghostly voice on Michael Jackson's hit record, "Thriller."  He also served as the host of the PBS series "Mystery."
     From the beginning of his film career in 1938, Price performed in a wide variety of films, from the sublime ("Laura," "The Ten Commandments") to the ridiculous ("Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine " "Dr. Phibes Rises Again").
     His philosophy:  "It's awfully easy to get out of the business.  It's not easy to stay in.  I never thought that the great parts were the only ones you should do.  That's a great mistake, because there are so many interesting things available."
     Price's interests ranged beyond movies.  He wrote several art books, including "I Like What I Know" and "The Michelangelo Bible."
     He was born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, the son of a candy manufacturer.  His upbringing reflected his father's wealth:  tours of Europe and education at Yale University, where he graduated in art history and English.
     Aiming for a career as an art teacher, Price enrolled for a master's degree at the University of London.  Accepting a dare from a friend, he auditioned for a role in a play, "Chicago" starring John Gielgud, and won it.


There's little question as to Vincent Price's contributions to The Arts, both nationally and internationally. Price's life remains a testament to one of his most often cited quotes: "A man who limits his interests limits his life."

Vincent Price
clearly never limited his interests, as his multidisciplinary history of achievements and contributions fully demonstrates. His only reported regret was growing older--a characteristically humble regret, in the greater scheme of things, given his continued record of accomplishments and contributions into his 80s.

A man of great and noble passions, Vincent Price set a very high bar for those that might hope to emulate his accomplishments. His career in The Arts spanned his entire adult life. He rarely forgot the vagaries of life's fortunes, and remained a loyal friend, gentleman and unflagging and generous supporter of a myriad social and Arts-related causes. He invested both his wealth and his considerable passion into every cause he supported.

Renaissance Man is an often abused sobriquet. In Price's case, it's entirely appropriate. Vincent Price's life stands as proof positive that the only limit to one's life achievements is mortality itself. If he hadn't felt he'd achieved all he could achieve by the time of his passing, it wasn't for lack of demonstrating his willingness to beat Father Time to the finish line.




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