Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)
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The Priest Killer Mystery 

When a man on a rooftop shoots at Frank, almost killing him, Sister Steve goes undercover as a Taxi driver to catch the man who is targeting priests.


David Moessinger


Dean Hargrove (developed for television by), Joel Steiger (developed for television by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Bosley ... Father Frank Dowling
Tracy Nelson ... Sister Stephanie 'Steve' Oskowski
James Stephens ... Father Philip Prestwick
Mary Wickes ... Marie Murkin
Eugene Roche ... MacElroy (as Eugene H. Roche)
John Astin ... Manager of Gun Club
Mark Herrier ... Father Chrisp
Roger Aaron Brown ... Father Pike
Regina Krueger Regina Krueger ... Sgt. Clancy
Bill Moseley ... Kane / Larry Webster
Wynn Irwin ... Old Cabbie
Lou Bonacki ... Dispatcher
Katherine Henryk Katherine Henryk ... Old Woman
Joanna Lipari ... Female Cabbie
Marc Siegler Marc Siegler ... Father Baker


When a man on a rooftop shoots at Frank, almost killing him, Sister Steve goes undercover as a Taxi driver to catch the man who is targeting priests.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery







Release Date:

14 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Just before Father Pike is hit by the cab the camera view is from the viewpoint of the driver through the windshield. Father Pike stops running and a barricade is clearly visible across the intersection, presumably to close the road during filming, but the barricade is gone in the rest of the scene. See more »


Father Dowling Theme
Written by Dick DeBenedictis (as Dick De Benedictis)
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Mysterious and suspenseful
31 May 2014 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

Four priest are supposed to stay at Father Dowling's house has guest. Three have come one is on his way. It seems they are welcomed by the Bishop to stay ad Father Dowling's without his knowledge so they don't have to go to a hotel The last priest is murdered at a railroad station and they thought it was a robbery gone wrong. The next day Father Pike, another guest who says he jogs every day (but is so overweight it is not believable) is jogging and is intentionally hit by a taxi driver.

Sister Steve and Father Dowling speak to a female resident to see if she saw anything. The neighbor cannot understand English. Sister speaks to her in Polish and finds out a cab driver had been parked in the area recently. Father Dowling believes the driver was targeting Father Pike. Sister applies for a job at the taxi company and snoops in one of the drivers lockers and finds out that Father Dowling is the next target.

Father Philip who works for the Bishop is always trying to get attention to impress him. He takes pictures and is at Father Dowlings a lot being a pest. His act is funny but to long and annoying in many of these episodes.

In these episodes Sergeant Clancy, a female cop is the head of the police in Father Dowlings neighborhood. In this series the way they have the police arrive on the scene is excellent. There is no shooting, doors flung open, cops all in place with the guns aimed at the criminals, very professional. I wish real life was this way.

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