When greed threatens the livelihood of an Italian monastery, a monk flees with the formula for their special liquor.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brother George
Alfredo Brazzi
Rowena Wallace ...
June Phillips
Dave Allen ...
Tim O'Mahoney
Kirrily Nolan ...
Maria O'Mahoney
Alec Kellaway ...
The Abbot
Michael Laurence ...
Brother James
Alan Tobin ...
Brother Peter
Charles McCallum ...
Brother Sebastian
Harry Lawrence ...
Roger Ward ...
Sandy Harbutt ...
Grape Picker
Jeff Ashby ...
Bert Andrews
Penny Sugg ...
Susan Lloyd ...
The Receptionist (as Sue Lloyd)


When greed threatens the livelihood of an Italian monastery, a monk flees with the formula for their special liquor.

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The Millionaire Monk In A 100% Comedy!







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26 February 1970 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

El convento, el fraile y su secreto  »

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they're a wine mob now
6 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Funny and charming, this vintage comedy (literally) from Australia was conceived and produced as a sort of follow up to the very successful immigrant comedy THEY'RE A WEIRD MOB which broke records in cinemas across Australia in 1966. The same lead actor, the wonderful low key and handsome Walter Chiari, and a major roster of (now) famous Aussie TV and stage actors make this wine making comedy set in the glorious vineyards of Australia's Hunter Valley a rustic jaunt back to the world of 1970. Written and directed by American B movie and sitcom/variety show comedy team Marc Daniels and Charles Isaacs ensured a workman like craftsmanship was applied, yielding palatable results. If British it would be an Ealing comedy (or something like The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain) or a farce like Buona Sera Mrs Campbell, or today a bit like SIDEWAYS. Either way it is good wholesome fun for sensitive adults and for Aussie audiences, a chance to play spot the actor when they were unknown. Other films made by the same producers like 1972's SUNSTRUCK with Harry Secombe re treading familiar Weird Mob territory were equally as successful.

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