1953 The Saints Return

The Saint’s Return – 1953

Alternative title: The Saint’s Girl Friday 

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Black & White 60 minutes


A private detective goes after the people who murdered his girlfriend.


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Jullian Lesser
John (Pinky) Green
J. Elder Wills
James Needs
Bill Slater
Walter Harvey Bsc
Leonard Harris
Ivor Slaney
Alan MacKinnon
Leslie Charteris
Anthony Hinds
Seymour Friedman


Simon Templar aka The Saint
Carol Denby
Max Lennar
Chief Inspector Claud Teal
Kate Finch
Keith Merton
The Blonde
Irish Cassidy
Hoppy Uniatz
Col. Stafford
Lennar’s Henchman
Lord Merton

Louis Hayward
Naomi Chance
Sidney Tafler
Charles Victor
Jane Carr
Harold Lang
William Russell (as Russell Enoch)
Diana Dors
Fred Johnson
Thomas Gallaher
Russell Napier
Sam Kydd
George Margo
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