MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,863 this week

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 4,430 users  
Reviews: 45 user | 24 critic

At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 26 Jul 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Bells of St. Mary's.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee
The Yearling (1946)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr.
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka
Heidi (1937)
Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher
Certificate: Passed Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Norwegian farmer lovingly raises his daughter in rural World War II-era Benson Junction, Wisconsin.

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, James Craig
Certificate: Passed Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Thomasina the cat brings a family together, through her mysterious death and reappearance.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Laurence Naismith
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, James MacArthur
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac
Whale Rider (2002)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro
Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Teenager Homer Macauley stays at home in small-town Ithaca to support his family, while his older brother Marcus prepares to go to war.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When Cholera takes the parents of Mary Lennox, she is shipped from India to England to live with her Uncle Craven. Archibald Craven's house is dark, drafty, with over 100 rooms built on the... See full summary »

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall, Dean Stockwell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Horace P. Bogardus
William Gargan ...
Joe Gallagher, Patsy's father
Ruth Donnelly ...
Sister Michael
Joan Carroll ...
Martha Sleeper ...
Mary Gallagher, Patsy's mother
...
Dr. McKay
Richard Tyler ...
Eddie Breen (as Dickie Tyler)
...
Edit

Storyline

Father O'Malley, the unconventional priest from 'Going My Way', continues his work for the Catholic Church. This time he is sent to St. Mary's, a run-down parochial school on the verge of condemnation. He and Sister Benedict work together in an attempt to save the school, though their differing methods often lead to good-natured disagreements. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Your heart will be wearing a smile! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 February 1946 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Leo McCarey's The Bells of St. Mary's  »

Box Office

Gross:

$21,300,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was actually written before "Going My Way" (1944) which was originally intended to be a sequel to "The Bells of St Mary's". See more »

Goofs

When O'Malley breaks up the fight in the school yard, Eddie's opponent introduces himself as Charley Smith. When O'Malley and Sister discuss what's to be done, Sister says you should talk to Tommy. Later he's referred to as Charley again and then back to Tommy. See more »

Quotes

Father Chuck O'Malley: There's another sense, you know, Sister.
Sister Mary Benedict: Oh, don't tell me.
Father Chuck O'Malley: Yes, sense enough to know when to leave.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance
(uncredited)
Written by Edward Elgar
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Old-Fashioned (Which Means Pretty Good)
6 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a just a plain, nice story, one of those kind I tend favor simply they don't have any "bad guys" in them and still keep the story interesting.

I expected Ingrid Bergman's character, "Sister Mary," from what the liners notes on the video box said, to be a sort-of villain portraying a hard-line rigid nun but that wasn't the case at all. In fact, in her several philosophical disputes the priest "Father Chuck O'Malley" (Bing Crosby) I sided with her because Crosby was a little too liberal regarding punishment. (He never wanted to scold or punish any misbehaving kid., for example. No discipline is not a good idea, as parents know.)

The story is a little unrealistic in that a strong-willed business tycoon would not abandon all his business plans and hand over a brand-new million-dollar (today it would be many millions) building to a church. However, it's nice to see! These kind of old-fashioned films are almost collector's items today but they are pleasant to watch and pretty good entertainment.


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One Nation Under God? LaLaLaLorelei
Does anyone else find Father O'Malley too goofy? roghache
A great favorite - but I have questions mdoyle-26
Funny trivia K_Ace
A Christmas Movie? cynthiaAAndrews
Patsy's parents. . .what the hey??? miriamwebster
Discuss The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?