Episode #85 - 5-14

Escape Route

CAST:
John Gregson - Colonel Roberts
Wanda Ventham - Penny
Donald Sutherland - John Wood
Jean Marsh - Ann
Jeremy Burnham - Harry
Terry Yorke - Jim
Eric Mason - Hal
Edwin Brown - Wilson

Directed by Roger Moore; Screenplay by Michael Winder

STORY:
Templar gets arrested for stealing jewelry and is sentenced to 10 years in Princetown prison. The reason for Simon doing this is to find out who's organizing several prison breaks. He's working for Inspector Teal. The Saint soon makes the acquaintance of John Wood. He offers him the possibility to escape for 50.000 pounds. When they're working outside they can break free with a helicopter. Soon they're going to meet the mastermind behind the escapes...

NOTES:
* Wanda Ventham also appears in Episode #48 "The Death Penalty"
* Donald Sutherland also appears in Episode #62 "The Happy Suicide"
* Donald Sutherland is a famous movie actor
* Jean Marsh also appears in Episodes #33 "The Good Medicine", #49 "The Imprudent Politician" and #108 "The Scales of Justice"
* Jean Marsh also appears in the episode "Five Miles to Midnight" of The Persuaders. She later played housemaid Rose in the internationally known series "Upstairs, Downstairs" (1971-75)
* Jeremy Burnham also appears in Episode #49 "The Imprudent Politician" and #84 "Flight Plan"
* Eric Mason also appears in Episode #99 "The Best Laid Schemes"
* Edwin Brown also appears in Episode #106 "The Master Plan"
* After the show was shown on TV a viewer (who worked at the Board of Trade) sued because the helicopter escape seemd to have broken flying regulations. (Barer, p.157)
A trick often used in the series: the corridor behind the bars is just a painting (0:11)
   In the closeup scenes with Jean Marsh the top of the cabrio mysteriously disappears! (0:41) [Submitted by Wojciech Trojanowski]
* Commentary by Sir Roger Moore, Executive Producer Robert S. Baker & Production Supervisor Peter Manley on the Umbrella, the DD Home Entertainment and on the Koch Media DVDs

Roger Moore: <<I remember Donald Sutherland was in another one I directed, where we escaped from prison [...]. And he asked me if he could show it to some producers as he was up for an important part. In fact we were still in the middle of editing it so I couldn't send a copy to America, as he had hoped, but they came to view a rough cut at the studio an he got The Dirty Dozen.>> (Simper, p.30)

AIRDATE:
UK: 30rd December 1966

GERMAN TITLE:
Templar auf der Flucht

AVAILABLE ON:
* DVD (NTSC): AAE-70348 (2001)

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Last Updated: 11/02/2013