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The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Unrated | | Drama, Family | 21 February 1946 (Sweden)
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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.

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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>

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Drama | Family

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21 February 1946 (Sweden)  »

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

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$21,300,000 (USA)
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This was actually written before Going My Way (1944), which was originally intended to be a sequel to this film. See more »

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Sister Mary Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) buys a training manual entitled "The Art of Boxing" by Gene Tunney. In reality, Tunney, a legendary prizefighter, never wrote such a book, although he did write two autobiographies. See more »

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Mrs. Breen: I can see you don't know what it means to be up to your neck in nuns.
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Referenced in Eat Pray Love (2010) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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29 October 2004 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

A previous poster on July 9, 2004 states how she is disgusted that the pledge as recited by the school children in this film omits the line "under God." Please allow me to clarify. This film was made in 1945, and the phrase "under God" was not inserted into the pledge until the mid 1950s under the Eisenhower administration. This was done so as an anti-communist move. It was NOT originally part of the pledge. The producers of this film were by no means trying to be politically correct by not using it, nor was it ever edited out. The phrase simply did not exist in the pledge in 1945. Having been raised Catholic, I too noticed it right away the first time I saw this film, but a little research on my part quickly put that issue to rest.

And, like her, I also notice the grayed out bar at the bottom of the screen during the main title. Looks like something that was digitally superimposed over the film. (The same gray bar also appears at the end of the theatrical trailer.) I assume it's there to cover up a piece of the copyright, but what part and why? Who knows.


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