The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
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San Tanco is getting a new parish priest, Father Walter Larson, an old friend of the Reverend Mother's. Father Larson has spent most of his life as an archivist. He is used to being alone ... See full summary »

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Marc Daniels

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Tere Rios (novel), Milt Rosen | 1 more credit »
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Episode credited cast:
Sally Field ... Sister Bertrille
Marge Redmond ... Sister Jacqueline
Madeleine Sherwood ... Reverend Mother Superior Lydia Placido
Alejandro Rey ... Carlos Ramirez
Shelley Morrison ... Sister Sixto
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Gary Crosby ... Danny Simms
Robert Cummings ... Father Walter Larson (as Bob Cummings)
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San Tanco is getting a new parish priest, Father Walter Larson, an old friend of the Reverend Mother's. Father Larson has spent most of his life as an archivist. He is used to being alone with his books, and is not a very social person. His biggest weaknesses are his poor social interaction with people and his speech writing/delivery, weaknesses that he himself realizes. He is terrified by his new duties, the first of which is to give a speech at a banquet dinner. He uses the sisters as guinea pigs; Sister Bertrille admits to him that his speech is the worst she's ever heard. So she asks Carlos to find a writer to liven up the speech. He finds stand-up comedian writer Danny Simms, whose writing style of one-liners does not suit the father's stiff delivery style. So Sister Bertrille asks Carlos to tell the banquet guests, most of whom are his employees, to laugh at the father's speech regardless. The father however decides himself to give his original solemn and stiff speech, the ... Written by Huggo

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English

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1 October 1969 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In this episode, the Reverend Mother Superior's first name is given as "Lydia". See more »

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While talking to Danny Simms about helping Father Larson with his speech, Sister Bertrille says he could do what Rex Harrison did for Julie Andrews. She was referring to My Fair Lady where Rex Harrison's co star was Audrey Hepburn, not Julie Andrews. See more »

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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Father Larson
11 September 2018 | by Jordan HallSee all my reviews

San Tanco's priest, Father Carver has passed away and his replacement is Father Walter Larson (Bob Cummings, "Dial M for Murder", "The Bob Cummings Show"), a research-minded assistant from a Pittsburgh seminary. Father Larson and Reverend Mother Placido, whose first name is revealed to be Lydia, are old friends. He confides in her that he doesn't feel competent to carry out the demands of the position. Sister Bertrille convinces a TV writer friend of Carlos' named Danny Simms (Gary Crosby, "Adam-12") into writing an important speech for Father Larson. She asks Carlos to bring in people for a controlled audience to laugh at his jokes, but they instead laugh at the serious parts. Sister Bertrille tries to cheer up the disheartened priest.

While most episodes of "The Flying Nun" lack proper execution, this offering is especially lacking and weird.


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