The Saint (1962–1969)
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The King of the Beggars 

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In Rome, Simon discovers a protection racket targeting the local beggars who must relinquish part of their alms to a person known as the king of the beggars.


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Leslie Charteris (by), John Gilling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Moore ... Simon Templar
Maxine Audley ... Dolores Marcello
Oliver Reed ... Joe Catelli
Yvonne Romain ... Theresa Mantania
Warren Mitchell ... Marco Di Cesari
John McLaren John McLaren ... Stephen Elliot
Charles Houston ... Leghetti
Jessie Robins Jessie Robins ... Maria Calvetti
Bruno Barnabe Bruno Barnabe ... Inspector Manteolli
Ronnie Corbett ... Nicky - Call Boy (as Ronald Corbett)
Cesare Maranzana Cesare Maranzana ... Italian Policeman
Gino Coia Gino Coia ... Italian Policeman


In Rome the Saint discovers that there is a protection racket targeting the local beggars who must relinquish part of their alms to a person known as the 'King of the Beggars'. A young actress, Theresa, has gone undercover as a beggar woman to try and find out the identity of the 'King' and the Saint joins her, also posing as a beggar. He is taken to a hostel run by a kindly American who is a friend of a philanthropic contessa. Staff at the hostel drug him and thugs kidnap Theresa. It is down to the Saint to escape and unmask the so-called king. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

14 November 1963 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guest star Oliver Reed suffered a concussion during the filming. Roger Moore explained in his book that Reed was supposed to be lying dead on the floor as he went into his closing narration. Moore heard noises and thought initially that Reed was trying to play a joke on him. Moore looked down, saw that his tongue was hanging out and changing colors, immediately dropped down to assist him, and demanded that someone get the studio nurse. Reed survived and even returned to the series for another guest spot. See more »


Marco Di Cesari: Mr Templar, are you alright?
Simon Templar: I'm alright Marco, except for an urge to commit murder!
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