The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
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Sister Socko in San Tanco 

Convent orphan Michael Antonio idolizes his uncle, renowned magician and juggler Marko the Magnificient. Marko is coming to San Tanco to visit Michael, an opportunity Sister Bertrille ... See full summary »


Tere Rios (novel), Bernard Slade (developer) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Sally Field ... Sister Bertrille
Marge Redmond ... Sister Jacqueline
Madeleine Sherwood ... Reverend Mother Superior Placido
Alejandro Rey ... Carlos Ramirez (credit only)
Shelley Morrison ... Sister Sixto
Linda Dangcil Linda Dangcil ... Sister Ana
Naomi Stevens ... Sister Teresa
Dorothy Neumann ... Sister Mary
Vincent Arias Vincent Arias ... Pedro
Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Michael (as Manuel Padilla)
Victor Buono ... Marko


Convent orphan Michael Antonio idolizes his uncle, renowned magician and juggler Marko the Magnificient. Marko is coming to San Tanco to visit Michael, an opportunity Sister Bertrille cannot let pass. Since the hot water pipes in the convent had just burst, she persuades the Reverend Mother to hold a benefit concert headlining Marko the Magnificent, with some other peripheral acts, including a trio of singing nuns (Sisters Bertrille, Jacqueline and Ana). The Reverend Mother thinks it's a good idea since she has seen the amazing feats of Marko. Marko however does not want to do it since he has come to San Tanco for some rest and personal time with Michael. Feeling pressured from Michael as well as some pre-publicity of the concert, Marko reluctantly concedes to doing it. Another reluctant performer is Sister Ana, who has stage fright. Back to Marko, Sister Bertrille learns that Marko's reluctance masks the fact that his hands are afflicted with arthritis and he can no longer perform ... Written by Huggo

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16 January 1969 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Victor Buono (Marko) was unusual among gay performers of his era by openly living together with same-sex partners and referred to himself as a "conscientious objector" in the "morality revolution" of the 1960s. See more »


Lax direction? A few of the children in the audience are not applauding very enthusiastic. Especially note the black boy sitting behind Mother Superior who is barely tapping his fingers to his palms and later the Mexican girl sitting to his right who (at the end of levitating act) starts off clapping hard then tapers off to very slightly. See more »


Sister Ana: I couldn't sing in front of anyone. I just couldn't.
Sister Bertrille: Why not?
Sister Ana: If people watch, I shake all over when I sing.
Sister Bertrille: Well, don't let that worry you, Sister Ana. It never hurt Elvis Presley.
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The convent's variety show
30 August 2018 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

Michael Antonio ( Manuel Padilla Jr., "American Graffiti"), a child in Sister Bertrille's class is overjoyed that his show business magician uncle Marko the Magnificent (character actor Victor Buono) is coming to visit. With the convent boiler broken, Sister Bertrille convinces Reverend Mother Placido to put on a show to raise money to repair it. Upon the magician's arrival, however, he is upset to find promotion for a show, as he only wishes to visit his nephew and rest. He finally consents under the condition of following supporting acts. Sister Bertrille forms a singing trio with sisters Jacqueline and Ana. Sister Ana nervously faints and the reverend mother takes her place. When Marko confesses that he has lost ability, Sister Bertrille tries to boost his confidence.

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