1953 The Saints Return

The Saint's Return - 1953

Alternative title: The Saint's Girl Friday 

Guaranteed Pictures with the famous "Q" ship "Mary B Mitchell" as Mary Celeste 

Black & White 60 minutes


Having won the hand of Sarah from his rival. Captain Benjamin Briggs sets out to recruit a crew for his voyage on the Mary Celeste. A mad seaman seeks revenge by killing the crew and passengers in a story of the mysterious events that led to a ship without a person on board. 


Production Manager John (Pinky) Green
Art Director J. Elder Wills
Editor James Needs
Recordist Bill Slater
Director of Photography Walter Harvey Bsc
Camera Operator Leonard Harris
Music Composed by Ivor SlaneyStory and Screenplay by Alan MacKinnon
Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Seymour Friedman


Simon Templar aka The Saint Louis Hayward
Carol Denby Naomi Chance
Max Lennar Sidney Tafler
Chief Inspector Claud Teal Charles Victor
Kate Finch Jane Carr
Jarvis Harold Lang
Keith Merton William Russell (as Russell Enoch)
The Blonde Diana Dors
Irish Cassidy Fred Johnson
Hoppy Uniatz Thomas Gallaher
Col. Stafford Russell Napier
Barkley Sam Kydd
Lennar’s Henchman GEORGE MARGO
Lord Merton Ian Fleming


This was the first Saint film to be released in ten years, following RKO's The Saint series 1938-1943, and Hammer Films had hopes to revive the series, but this did not occur. It was not until 1962 and the TV series The Saint, starring Roger Moore, that the character achieved lasting success beyond the literary world. Louis Hayward, who played Simon Templar in the very first Saint film "The Saint in New York" (1938), returned to the role for one last time here.

Naomi Chance also appeared in Hammer’s “Wings of Danger”, “The Gambler and the Lady” both 1952, and “Blood Orange” (1953). William Russell (credited here under his real name Russell Enoch) played Ian Chesterton, one of the original travellers in the Tardis in BBC TV’s “Doctor Who” (1963). Actor Sam Kydd was well known for his many varied roles on British television in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Diana Dors, Britains first home grown sex symbol, played Ruby Bruce in Hammer’s “The Last Page” (1952), Mrs Ardroy in the Hammer House of Horror episode “The Children of the Moon” (1980).  She also appeared with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in Charlemagne Productions “Nothing But the Night” (1973).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection