A relatively unknown book by Tere Rios, The Fifteenth Pelican, published in 1965, was adapted for television two years later by Screen Gems comedy honcho Harry Ackerman, creating a camp classic for all ages.
The Flying Nun was the 2nd series for star Sally Field, coming two years after Gidget, also for Screen Gems & ABC. The show told the story of a Chicago-born lass, Elsie Ethrington, who steps away from the family business, if you will (she came from a family of doctors), opting instead to become a nun and enter a convent. Rechristened Sister Bertrille, she arrives in Puerto Rico, and discovers that the combination of her tiny frame, coupled with a heavily starched cornet (the headpiece of her nun's habit), and a passing breeze, enables her to fly. Rather awkwardly, of course, but she really wasn't meant for heroism. Her power of flight was instead the source of gags and a lot of plotlines. Nun lasted three seasons, and enjoyed a healthy run in syndication during the 70's. Today, the series airs on Antenna TV (check local listings---not yet available on Time Warner Cable in upstate NY), and the first two seasons are available on DVD from Sony.
Markieo blesses us with this rare open from the first season, when the series was sponsored by the folks at Colgate-Palmolive.
What some of you might not be aware of is the existence of a soundtrack album of music from the show, recorded by Sally Field. Whodathunk! Of course, as you know, co-star Shelley Morrison enjoyed a brief career revival when she was cast on Will & Grace a few years ago.