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The Gentleman Bandit (1981)

Based on the real-life ordeal of Baltimore priest Bernard Pagano, who was fingered by a witness as a holdup man. During a lineup, several other witnesses confirm this.

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... Father Bernard Pagano
... Doris
... Carl Schnee
... Detective Esposito
... Marjorie Seebode
... Monsignor Nicholson
Arthur French ... Doerfler
Ed Van Nuys ... L. Dene Wedge Jr.
Joe Ponazecki ... Ron Clouser
Frances Chaney ... Rona Mintz
Sheila K. Adams ... Carole Slintak
Joyce Reehling ... Jennifer Pollock
... Charlie
... Marie
Scotty Bloch ... Theresa
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Based on the real-life ordeal of Baltimore priest Bernard Pagano, who was fingered by a witness as a holdup man. During a lineup, several other witnesses confirm this.

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State university of New York's Maritime College (Bronx,NY), historic Fort Schuyler, was used as the hospital for the criminally insane in the film. See more »

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Pagano passes away
17 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Just a brief note -- Fr. Bernie Pagano, the subject of this made for TV movie, passed away in December 2006 while in retirement in New Jersey. To this day, both the Delaware Attorney General's Office and the Delaware State Police believe that Father Bernie was truly the culprit in the "Gentleman Bandit" robberies and that Ronald Clouser was remunerated (by someone) to take the rap.

Although Pagano was eventually banished to a tiny parish on the Eastern shore of Maryland, the story of the "Gentleman Bandit" pales in comparison to the recent Diocese of Wilmington (DE) scandal involving pedophile priests, sexual abuse and criminal activity.

Bernie -- we'll miss you.


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