The Saint (1962–1969)
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The Bunco Artists 

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The elderly Mrs. Yarmouth is tricked into handing over church funds by a plausible confidence trickster and his wife.


Peter Yates


Leslie Charteris (by), Lewis Davidson (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Moore ... Simon Templar
Mary Merrall ... Sophie Yarmouth
Peter Dyneley ... Richard Eade
Justine Lord Justine Lord ... Jean Yarmouth
Louise Collins ... Joyce Eade (as Louise King)
Victor Platt Victor Platt ... Charlie Lewis
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Rev. Basil Stone (Vicar) (as John Glyn Jones)
Marie Makino Marie Makino ... Miss Emma
Barbara Ogilvie Barbara Ogilvie ... Mrs. Rance
André Maranne ... Louis (as Andre Maranne)
John Standing ... Gendarme
Meadows White Meadows White ... Stage Door Keeper


When the elderly Mrs. Yarmouth is tricked into handing over church funds by a plausible confidence trickster - or 'bunco artist' - and his wife, the Saint and Mrs. Yarmouth's actress daughter set off in hot pursuit to confront the tricksters and stage a little pantomime of their own to fleece the wrong-doers of their ill-gotten gains and more. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


In one of the opening scenes of the city is a theater marquee showing Phyllis Calvert and Marius Goring in Ronald Duncan's play Ménage à Trois. In 1963, when this episode was filmed, the theater would have been the Lyric Theater, located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster. The Lyric opened there in 1888. See more »


The money handed to the bartender by Jean at about 31 minutes in was a US dollar bill. This scene was supposedly in France. See more »


Simon Templar: Good evening Ma'am!
Joyce Eade: Are you a Yank?
Simon Templar: No Ma'am, I'm Texan!
Joyce Eade: Just the same thing, isn't it?
Simon Templar: No, Ma'am. You see, the United States is a country, Texas is a state of mind!
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One extra star for the simplicity
7 October 2019 | by hmoikaSee all my reviews

I agree with the other reviewer, that this episode was more staid than the usuals. However, I found it to be really charming and enjoyable.

Even the bunco artists themselves were rather charming in their own way.

Yes, the only thing that bothered me was Moore's dismal "Texan" accent. As the other reviewer duly noted.

Still, as I said, I thoroughly enjoyed this well done change of pace. It earned 8 stars for the pleasure I received......and extra star for the simplicity of the story!

Nicely done!

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19 December 1963 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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