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Bungle Abbey (1981)

Comedy pilot about wacky monks in a monastery.

Director:

Lucille Ball

Writer:

Seaman Jacobs

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Cast

Credited cast:
Gale Gordon ... The Abbot
Charlie Callas ... Brother Charles
Gino Conforti ... Brother Gino
Graham Jarvis ... Brother Virgil
Guy Marks Guy Marks ... Brother Hush
Peter Palmer Peter Palmer ... Brother Peter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antony Alda Antony Alda ... Brother Antony
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Edgar Forsythe
Peter Palmer Peter Palmer
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Storyline

The misadventures of the monks of the Brothers of Benevolence Monks at the San Fernando Abbey, a monastery founded by Brother Bungle. In the pilot, the monks attempt to raise $5,000 to help the nearby children's orphanage by selling the valuable painting of Brother Bungle that hangs in the monastery.

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucille Ball Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the DVD introduction to the pilot, actor Gino Conforti recalls that the plot was inspired by a bit remembered from a Broadway variety show such as "New Faces" or "La Plume De Ma Tante" where a slightly built monk tugged on the abbey bell-pull, which then lifted him off his feet, up out of view of the audience. In the pilot, that bit belongs to Conforti. See more »

Quotes

The Abbot: I took over the Abbey and made it a refuge for the needy. I said 'Please bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breath free.'
Brother Virgil: It says that on the Statue of Liberty.
The Abbot: [incredulous] It does?
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Soundtracks

Forty Second Street
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Sung by Charlie Callas
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