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The Saint in Manhattan

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The Saint in Manhattan
Based onCharacter created by Leslie Charteris
Written byPeter Gethers
David Handler
Directed byJames Frawley
StarringAndrew Clarke
Kevin Tighe
George Rose
Music byMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes1
Executive producersDennis E. Doty
Robert S. Baker
ProducerGeorge Manasse
CinematographyWilliam Wages
EditorLee Burch
Running time60 minutes
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJune 12, 1987 (1987-06-12)
Preceded byReturn of the Saint

The Saint in Manhattan is a 1987 television pilot for an Australian-filmed, US-backed revival series based on The Saint starring Andrew Clarke as Simon Templar. The pilot was shot in Manhattan in April 1987.[1] The pilot was not picked up for a series but on June 12, 1987, it was broadcast as the first installment of CBS Summer Playhouse, a series that aired unsold television pilots during the summer season. In 2012, the pilot was released on DVD by Madman Entertainment in Australia.[2] The DVD has since been out of print.


The Saint returns to New York City, feeling restless and bored. But the tedium is about to escalate to full-blown excitement when he is contacted by an old flame, Margo, a ballerina who is set to star in a high profile performance. She has received death threats in the guise of a mutilated doll being left in her dressing room, and as part of the ballet, she will don a million dollar tiara on opening night. The performance goes without mishap, however, upon leaving the stage the tiara has somehow been swapped with a fake, and The Saint's calling card has been left in its empty box. Someone has framed Simon, and his old adversary Inspector Fernack is quick to point the finger.



The Sydney Morning Herald wrote that Andrew Clarke was not well suited for the role, especially in contrast to Roger Moore in the 1967 television series.[3] The Los Angeles Times reported that most of the viewers who watched the pilot on CBS Summer Playhouse voted "yes".[4] Despite this, the series was never picked up.


  1. ^ Beck, Marilyn (April 7, 1987). "'Beverly Hills Cop II' producer Rushing to Complete Movie". Democrat and Chronicle. pp. 3C.
  2. ^ "The Saint in Manhattan (1987)". Permission to Kill. 2 August 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  3. ^ "Aussie's Templar Not Very Saintly - Andrew Clarke on "The Saint in Manhattan"". The Sydney Morning Herald. October 25, 1987. p. 124. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  4. ^ "VIEWERS VOTE YES ON CBS 'SAINT'". Los Angeles Times. June 16, 1987.
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