Digit paperback undated (1962).
Meet the Tiger hardback. My listing on Amazon.
The Saint Meets the Tiger paperback
See if it's still available - listed under Moulton Books
Don't want the book? Why not get the movie?
The Saint Meets the Tiger is the title of a crime thriller motion picture produced by RKO Pictures and released in 1943. This was the eighth motion picture based on the adventures of the Robin Hood-inspired crimefighter, Simon Templar, a.k.a. The Saint, who had been created by Leslie Charteris in 1928. This film is, in fact, an adaptation of Charteris' first Saint novel, Meet - The Tiger!; it was the third and last full Saint novel adapted by the RKO series.
Hugh Sinclair makes his second (and final) appearance as Templar in this adventure, which sees Templar investigating a dead body left on his doorstep, which leads him to a quiet seaside village where he pursues a mysterious villain known as The Tiger.
Co-starring in the film is Jean Gillie as Templar's love interest, Patricia Holm. Although this character made many appearances in the book series, this is to date the only film in which she appears.
It's actually quite close to the book, with the major difference being that Inspector Teal is included and everybody knows who The Saint is (in the first book he was a mysterious unknown). The quality of the recording is fair, considering the age of the original (which is out of copyright). Don't expect HD!
Bonus: Included on the DVD for your entertainment is The Saint's Double Trouble (RKO 1940). Leslie Charteris described this as 'awful' so be warned. It stars George Sanders as both The Saint and his doppelganger hoodlum. It also stars Bela Lugosi.
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Illustration of 1st edn. (not for sale)
Meet the Tiger aka The Saint Meets the Tiger aka Crooked Gold!
met the Tiger in June 1928, in the third novel by Leslie
Charteris. The story introduced an athletic 27-year old,
Simon Templar, who lived in a converted Devon pill-box
with his manservant Orace.
Leslie Charteris was born in 1907 and by 1928 was struggling to make a living as an author. He had had a few short stories and two books published with moderate success when he tried a third book starring a new hero.
Leslie was later to complain that it had been a mistake to invent a lead character older than himself, the author. He had probably used January the 1st 1900 as the Saint's birthday.
Simon visited Newcombe because the Confederate Bank of America has offered a 20% reward for the return of stolen gold bullion, and through his underworld contacts Simon has heard that it is there.
Needless to say, the Saint beards the Tiger in his den and appropriates the loot, sailing off into the sunset to collect his reward.
Leslie Charteris was to write two more books with different heroes before he decided to concentrate on one to save brain work and chose Simon. When he wrote this story, he had not decided this, and Simon freely announced to all and sundry, including Carn, that he was known as the Saint. This created an anomaly in later books because then he became a mysterious unknown entity who left a drawing of a stickman with a halo at the scenes of his crimes.
Although Patricia and Orace were later to share many of his adventures, Inspector Carn did not as Leslie introduced Chief Inspector Teal instead. Rather confusingly for viewers, in the 1941 movie The Saint Meets the Tiger starring Hugh Sinclair, the Saint was already a famous celebrity and he was joined by Teal who knew him well.
Everybody knows the stickman with the halo, famously invented by Leslie which does not actually make an appearance in this book. Not everybody knows that another invention is his which does make a first abridged appearance in this book - the saying 'as the actress said to the bishop'.
This book certainly has some flaws due to inexperience and
includes some very dated slang but is worth reading simply
because it it the first of a well-loved series. That said, it's
not easy to find a cheap copy because in 1980, Leslie allowed it
to be republished against his better judgment as he was a bit
ashamed of it, but then forbade it from ever being published
again so buyers are chasing a finite number.