The Saint (1962–1969)
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The Good Medicine 

An ambitious and ruthless career woman takes advantage of her pharmacist husband to build a cosmetics empire of her own, based on his innovative formulas. Will the Saint give her a dose of her own medicine?


Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)


Leslie Charteris (by), Norman Borisoff (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Moore ... Simon Templar
Barbara Murray ... Denise Dumont
Anthony Newlands ... Phillipe Dumont
Jean Marsh ... Maria
Bill Nagy ... David Stern
John Bennett ... Count Alfredo (as John Bennet)
Veronica Turleigh Veronica Turleigh ... Madame Dumont
Bruce Montague ... Jacques
Alexandra Dane Alexandra Dane ... Mathilde


Denise Dumont heads one of the most successful beauty product firms in France and is a very rich woman. However, she has achieved this by stealing the ideas of her ex-husband,Philippe whom she exploited, taking the credit for herself. He is now broken and ill. The Saint decides that, with the help of Denise's former sister-in-law, he will teach this unfeeling woman a lesson and force her, unknowingly,to contribute to Philippe's welfare. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

6 February 1964 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Simon Templar: What do you suppose would happen if women used no make-up at all and faced the world as nature intended them? Frightening thought, isn't it?
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A Superb Saint
16 October 2014 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

This series tended to vary in quality, perhaps inevitably given the conveyor belt nature of the production, with author Leslie Charteris justifiably complaining about the trite approach to some of his stories and banal dialogue put into his character's mouths. It's difficult to imagine he could have had any grouses about this adaptation though, and American writer Norman Borisoff, who only worked on a handful of episodes has supplied some of the incidental humour found in abundance in the books, but conspicuously absent in too many of these shows.

Some of the best short stories involved the Saint taking an assortment of con men, and the occasional con woman, to the cleaners. Here it is an enterprising but ruthless business woman - Barbara Murray - whom has risen to the top of the cosmetics industry on the back of her supportive ex-husband whom she has dumped and left in poverty. The Saint devises a con trick to help put matters right, but having been taken down a peg or two, she still ends up in the Templar fan club and in his arms at the end.

In addition to the script, it is smartly directed by Roy Ward Baker and the sets and costumes are opulent for a TV series. The whole production has a class and style epitomised by Barbara Murray, utterly believable and looking stunning, who heads a strong supporting cast including Jean Marsh, and John Bennett in a humorous turn as Murray's current boyfriend/hanger-on. His reaction when Marsh bops him on the head in the one moment of violence is priceless. And Roger Moore is at his best; he was The Saint and every other interpreter of the role is likely to remain in his shadow.

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