1 9 5 1 – 1 9 5 4 (USA)
64 x 30 minute episodes
1 9 5 7 – 1 9 6 0 (USA)
83 x 30 minute episodes
One-armed detective Mark Saber (originally played by George Sanders’ brother Tom Conway) was an Englishman working with the New York Police Department. He wore pinstriped suits, sported a pencil-thin moustache, and tracked down criminals by his brilliant use of deduction as well as regular police methods.
His assistant, the more traditional Sergeant Tim Moloney, was played by James Burke.
Saber solved most of his cases using his agile mind and there were enough allusions to the work of police laboratory technicians and other authentic doings to remove the onus of fantasy.
Saber’s cases continued with a further 83 half-hour episodes between 1957 and 1960 starring South African Donald Gray under the title Saber of London, with a different team of underlings.
Gray was a real-life war hero idolised on both sides of the Atlantic.
Unfortunately, he was so typecast by the Saber role that other screen parts eluded him thereafter, leaving him to work in radio and commercials until his death in 1978.
The series also aired in the US as Homicide Squad.
Exterior shots of Saber’s fictional offices were filmed outside the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on Great George Street at Parliament Square in London.
Inspector Mark Saber
Tom Conway (1)
Donald Gray (2)
Sgt Tim Maloney