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The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

 -  Drama  -  15 December 1944 (USA)
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A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Angus Mealey
Rose Stradner ...
Reverend Mother Maria-Veronica (as Rosa Stradner)
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Francis Chisholm as a Boy
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Father Hamish MacNabb
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Monsignor at Tweedside (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Peggy Ann Garner ...
Nora as a Girl
Jane Ball ...
Nora, as an Adult
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Rev. Dr. Wilbur Fiske
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Agnes Fiske
Ruth Nelson ...
Mrs. Chisholm, Francis' Mother
Benson Fong ...
Joseph
Leonard Strong ...
Mr. Chia
Philip Ahn ...
Mr. Pao, Envoy for Mr. Chia
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A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a priest in a more Christian area of the world, Father Chisholm struggles. He encounters hostility, isolation, disease, poverty and a variety of set backs which humble him, but make him more determined than ever to succeed. Over the span of many years he gains acceptance and a growing congregation among the Chinese, through his quiet determination, understanding and patience. Written by E.W. DesMarais <Jlongst@aol.com>

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15 December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las llaves del reino  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 21, 1946 with Gregory Peck reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Father Francis Chisholm (Gregory Peck) is leaving his mission in China after being ordered into retirement, the children are heard singing his favorite hymn as he steps from the car, but when the camera shows the children singing, it is obvious that they are mouthing something entirely different from what is being heard. See more »

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[first lines]
Title card: On a September evening in 1938, Father Francis Chisholm returned to his little church near Tweedside, Scotland.
Father Francis Chisholm: Good afternoon, Monsignor.
Monsignor: Good afternoon, Father.
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28 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie some 35 years ago. It is a brilliant move that goes to the heart of showing the difference between a spiritual relationship and religion. It covers clearly so many ethical issues of life.

While the name of the movie may not in itself draw a person to watching it, it is nevertheless well worth watching. The entire cast of this movie was so well chosen that once seen in these roles it is hard to imagine them as playing any other part. Gregory Peck in the role of Father Francis Chisholm, Thomas Mitchell as Dr. Willie Tullock and Vincent Price as he Rev. Angus Mealey are a few examples of the excellent casting.

A movie that promotes great introspection and a lot of tears


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