Four Star Playhouse: Season 3, Episode 18

The Good Sister (27 Jan. 1955)

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Sister Mary Winifred
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Decent but it lacks the edge and great twist you normally would expect.
26 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The original concept of "Four Star Playhouse" was to have the same four stars rotate duties--each starring in about every fourth episode. However, the initial cast of Dick Powell, David Niven, Charles Boyer and Ida Lupino soon changed. While a few other male actors occasionally starred in the shows (such as Broderick Crawford), the female leads often changed--with Joan Fontaine taking over for Lupino but with several other women soon taking Fontaine's place. I have no idea why the original idea failed and they brought in more actors and actresses, as the show was exquisitely written and it still holds up today.

One of these replacement female stars was Teresa Wright--who stars in "The Good Sister" as Sister Winifred--an American nun working in post-war Germany. She is a very manipulative lady as you see her meet a young American Soldier, Stanfield (Chuck Connors), and invite him out to see the orphanage where she works. However, her real purpose is to hook him up with a young Czech lady--and soon matrimony is in the air. But, with Stanfield's commanding officer dead set against such marriages, it's up to Sister Winifred to work her magic.

As I mentioned in the summary, there is no hard edge to this one. Had Winifred turned out to be a Soviet agent who deliberately was placing enemy agents in marriages with American soldiers, THEN it would have been a much more interesting show. Instead, it seems more like a pleasant combination of "The Flying Nun" and "Love Boat". Not bad but certainly a lesser episode.

By the way, for an American that's been living in Germany for some time, Ms. Wright's German language skills are severely lacking.


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