The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
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Wailing in a Winter Wonderland 

Convent San Tanco's nuns draw names to provide Christmas presents for one another and Sister Bertrille draws Sister Olaf, an elderly nun from Scandanavia who's one wish is to see snow fall ... See full summary »


Jerrold Bernstein (as Jerry Bernstein)


Richard De Roy (as Richard DeRoy), Max Wylie (created for television by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Sally Field ... Sister Bertrille
Marge Redmond ... Sister Jacqueline
Madeleine Sherwood ... Reverend Mother Superior Placido
Alejandro Rey ... Carlos Ramirez
Shelley Morrison ... Sister Sixto
Celia Lovsky ... Sister Olaf
A.G. Vitanza A.G. Vitanza ... 1st Businessman
Ceil Cabot Ceil Cabot ... Woman Tourist
Joanie Larson Joanie Larson ... Girl Tourist
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Man Tourist
Jack Fife Jack Fife ... 2nd Businessman
Woodrow Parfrey ... Weatherman


Convent San Tanco's nuns draw names to provide Christmas presents for one another and Sister Bertrille draws Sister Olaf, an elderly nun from Scandanavia who's one wish is to see snow fall again before she dies. The young nun connives with the U.S. Weather Bureau to produce a snowstorm over the convent with disastrous results. Written by David Bassler

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21 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Woodrow Parfrey (Weatherman) was a popular character actor in the 60's fantasy sitcoms, appearing in the episode Bewitched: I Confess (1968) as Gen. Stanton (inquiring about Samantha's nationality) and 4 times in I Dream of Jeannie (1965). See more »


Sister Bertrille: I need your help - both of you. I want to make it snow for Sister Olaf.
Sister Sixto: Snow in San Juan? Sister, it never snows in San Juan.
Sister Bertrille: Have you ever had a flying nun before?
Sister Jacqueline: Sister Bertrille, the fact that you can defy one of nature's laws should not be taken as a challenge to defy them all.
Sister Bertrille: Oh, I won't make it conspicuous - I'll just make it snow in the convent.
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I'm So Glad I Can Fly
Written by Carole Bayer Sager and George Fischoff
Performed by Sally Field
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Snow in San Juan? Blame it on the Flying Nun!
10 July 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A grab-bag holiday script for a television series already struggling for ideas in only its first season. When Sally Field's intrepid Sister Bertrille makes an aged nun's holiday wish for a white Christmas come true--by dispersing pellets of dry ice into the clouds, thereby causing snow to fall over San Juan--all the tourists in the city cancel their hotel reservations and pack the airport, desperate to get back home. In her narration, Marge Redmond's Sister Jacqueline explains that, although the snow melted fast, Sister Bertrille's bright idea was a major blow to the businesses and vendors, causing the city streets to virtually empty out. None of this makes any logical sense, of course--do the tourists really think the Christmas weather will be better, say, back East?--yet the gist of the story is that Sister Bertrille can always fix what she fouls up. After everyone blames her for the snow debacle, Sister Bertrille asks, "It was my flying that got me into this mess...why not cure it the same way?" Her 'cure' is to fly over San Juan dropping donated cash from the sky, leading to a sing-song montage (in partial slow-motion!) of extras snatching and grabbing at the fluttering bills like swine after pearls. We are to believe that a mini-snow flurry will drive tourists away, but appeal to their greed and they'll gratefully come back. This is almost as grotesque as Woodrow Parfrey's horrendous performance as a bored weatherman, although Sally Field has a moment or two (particularly with Celia Lovsky as the visiting Sister Olaf) where her dramatic acting skills are apparent.

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