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American Playhouse

The House of Blue Leaves (Season 6, Episode 8)
TV Episode | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Zoo attendant Artie Shaughnessy dreams of being a successful songwriter. What his mistress, Bunny Flingus, who lives downstairs from his Queens apartment won't tell him -- and what his insane wife, Bananas, tries to get through to him -- ...See moreZoo attendant Artie Shaughnessy dreams of being a successful songwriter. What his mistress, Bunny Flingus, who lives downstairs from his Queens apartment won't tell him -- and what his insane wife, Bananas, tries to get through to him -- is that Artie's songs stink. On Oct. 4, 1965, the day Pope Paul visits New York City, Bunny convinces Artie to call his old school buddy Billy Einhorn, a famous film director from Los Angeles, to finagle a job writing music for Billy's movies. (After all, Bunny feels that with the Pope here, there must be "miracles in the air.") But before Artie can reach out to Billy, Artie's son, Ronnie, goes AWOL from Fort Dix, secretly preparing to blow up His Holiness at Yankee Stadium. Instead, when the bomb explodes prematurely, the victims include a deaf film starlet and two Sisters of Charity ... but no Pope. Written by Craig C. Bailey See less
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Writer
John Guare (play) (screenplay)
Producer
Production Designer
Status
Edit Released
Updated May 25, 1987

Release date
May 25, 1987 (United States)

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11 cast members
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Swoosie Kurtz
Bananas Shaughnessy Bananas Shaughnessy   See fewer
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John Mahoney
Artie Shaughnessy Artie Shaughnessy   See fewer
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Christine Baranski
Bunny Flingus Bunny Flingus   See fewer
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Julie Hagerty
Corrinna Stroller Corrinna Stroller   See fewer
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Ben Stiller
Ronnie Shaughnessy Ronnie Shaughnessy   See fewer
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Richard Portnow
Billy Einhorn Billy Einhorn   See fewer
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Debra Cole
Little Nun Little Nun   See fewer
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Patricia Falkenhain
Head Nun Head Nun   See fewer
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Jane Cecil
Second Nun Second Nun   See fewer
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Ian Blackman
MP / El Dorado bartender MP / El Dorado bartender   See fewer
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Brian Evers
The White Man / El Dorado Bartender The White Man / El Dorado Bartender   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

8.1 / 10 | 117 votes