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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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Rose Stradner ...
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)
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 »

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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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A priest in China
28 December 2002 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting story about a priest Father Francis Chisholm(Gregory Peck), who went to China to establish a parish. He never wanted to get money easily, for him was much more important to get more people really devoted to catholicism than to get funds from any people, and for this he made all efforts serving even as a doctor in the community. Another important aspect shown although not deep, was the difference among the priests. Some are humble like the hero of the film but others are arrogant and look more for the wealth of the church instead of looking for the wealth of poor people. Catholicism have lost many areas because of the lack of sacrifice of many of its priests otherwise it would reign nearly everywhere in the world. Priests like Father Chisholm would have been the salvation.


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