The Monk
Written byTony Barrett
Story byBlake Edwards
Directed byGeorge McCowan
StarringGeorge Maharis
Janet Leigh
Jack Albertson
Carl Betz
Music byEarle Hagen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersAaron Spelling
Danny Thomas
ProducerTony Barrett
CinematographyFleet Southcott
EditorJerry Jameson
Running time74 minutes
Production companyThomas-Spelling Productions
Original release
ReleaseOctober 21, 1969 (1969-10-21)

The Monk is a 1969 American made-for-television crime thriller film starring George Maharis, Janet Leigh, Jack Albertson and Carl Betz. Originally filmed as a television pilot,[1] it premiered as the ABC Movie of the Week on October 21, 1969.[2] It was directed by George McCowan in his film debut in a project developed by Blake Edwards that had been offered to George Mahrais three years previously.


Underworld attorney Leo Barnes hires Gus Monk to safeguard a valuable envelope containing information on a mobster. Monk refuses — until he meets Mrs. Barnes and jumps on a merry-go-round of viciousness and murder.

Main cast

Actor Role
George Maharis Gus Monk
Janet Leigh Janice Barnes
Jack Albertson Tinker
William Smathers Leo Barnes
Rick Jason Wideman
Raymond St. Jacques Heritage
Carl Betz Gouzenko
Jack Soo Hip Guy



  1. ^ p. 18 Karol, Michael The ABC Movie of the Week Companion: A Loving Tribute to the Classic Series iUniverse; Illustrated edition (4 November 2008)
  2. ^ INSIDE TV: Moppets Added to Brides Cast, Los Angeles Times, 03 June 1969: d15.