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August 21, 2020

Tom Conway as The Saint on radio (3 episodes, 1951)

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It all makes perfect sense somehow: Tom Conway’s brother, George Sanders, played the Saint in a number of popular feature films at RKO; later, when RKO started another series with a similar suave and witty detective character, The Falcon, they brought back Sanders, but he left the series to be replaced by his brother Tom Conway, and Conway became most associated with The Falcon, with his own unique style and flair for comedy. That series made Conway a star in his own right, and after the Falcon series concluded, he played a number of other suave but witty detective roles based on his Falcon fame.

Thus, when the star of the radio version of THE SAINT, Vincent Price, needed some time off the series for some other commitments in the more prestigious and better-paying world of feature films, who better to take over the role for a while than Tom Conway, who’d never played The Saint, but who was known and loved by millions as the very similar character, The Falcon. And yes, Conway was tailor-made for The Saint. Many people today know The Saint via the successful 60’s TV series starring Roger Moore—-and Moore certainly made the role his own, the same way he did ten years later with James Bond—-but the character goes back a long way, to 1928, from author Leslie Charteris.

While Vincent Price was a magnificent Saint on radio (and you can easily find many of the Price shows online….and you should), I’ve always had a soft spot for the short run with Tom Conway in the role of Simon Templar, aka The Saint.

Below are links to three episodes of the Conway Saint, each running approximately 29 minutes. Enjoy!

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THREE SAINT RADIO EPISODES WITH TOM CONWAY:

–THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BERTH (June 3, 1951)

https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/crime/saint-the/saint-the-51-06-03-173the-girl-with-the-lower-berth

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–PETER THE GREAT (June 24, 1951)

https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/crime/saint-the/saint-the-51-06-24-176peter-the-great

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–MY DARLING DAUGHTER (July 15, 1951)

https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/crime/saint-the/saint-the-51-07-15-179no-my-darling-daughter

 

By the way, it’s comforting to know, as we’re informed at the closing of each show, that “The Saint comic book is available at all newsstands.” I have a number of issues myself, and I can do a post about the various comic book incarnations of the character at some future date.

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