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Father Dowling Mysteries 

An amiable, inquisitive Chicago priest moonlights as a detective and is assisted by a rather worldly, lock-picking nun.
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3   2   1  
1991   1990   1989  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Tom Bosley ...  Father Frank Dowling / ... 42 episodes, 1989-1991
Tracy Nelson ...  Sister Stephanie 'Steve' Oskowski / ... 42 episodes, 1989-1991
Mary Wickes ...  Marie Murkin / ... 42 episodes, 1989-1991
James Stephens ...  Father Philip Prestwick / ... 37 episodes, 1989-1991
Regina Krueger Regina Krueger ...  Sgt. Clancy / ... 28 episodes, 1989-1991
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Storyline

Father Frank Dowling, a fine Catholic parish priest in Chicago, drives housekeeper Marie to despair by his habit of being late for dinner as he and his assistant (streetwise nun Stephanie 'Steve' Oskowski) solve numerous neighborhood crimes, usually involving at least one murder. They generally outsmart the police as well as the criminals. The live-in priest Father Philip Prestwick, whose priority is his own ecclesiastical career prospects, takes a very dim view of their crime fighting and on Sister Steve even being there. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Trivia

The first series was originally set to premiere in October 1988, but pushed to January 1989 in the mid-season lineup, due to the 1988 Writers' Strike. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Giallo a Venezia (2012) See more »

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Entertaining mystery series
2 October 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I really like this show. While I do slightly prefer Murder She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder, Father Dowling is an entertaining watch. Tom Bosley is superb in the title role, a performance of great warmth and dignity. Tracy Nelson does show real promise as an actress, she has a likable and quite bubbly personality, and it was a pleasure to see her develop as the series progressed. My favourite has to be the late Mary Wickes as Marie, Wickes was a very underrated actress, and I enjoyed her here. The episodes are benefited by some nice camera-work, lovely locations, a beautiful title tune and good scripts, not to mention a number of funny moments. Of course you may find some over familiarities in the story lines, but overall this is a very entertaining mystery series, probably not the best out there, but worth a watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Father Dowling Mysteries See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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4:3
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