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The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

Approved | | Drama | 15 December 1944 (USA)
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

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Rev. 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)
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Nora - as a Girl
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Nora - as an Adult
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Rev. Dr. Wilbur Fiske
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Agnes Fiske
Ruth Nelson ...
Mrs. Chisholm - Francis' Mother
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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)  »

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Las llaves del reino  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gregory Peck (1962) See more »

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Very simple, but also very beautiful
9 December 1999 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I didn´t expect much of this film, as it is not much mentioned nowadays. Although it is a very simple movie, it evocates eternal values, such as honor, friendship and respect for other people's own values, that truly makes you feel very well after seeing it. It shows, also, how every religion should be guided and thought to someone, and not how it is usually done.

Only a movie from the 40's, like this one, dated like it is, to remind us some values that we are forced to forget everyday in this "global" world of merges, fusions, profits and unemployment. It is a lesson of humanity, decency and of how a man can stick to his opinions and really make the difference.


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