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The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Unrated | | Drama | 21 February 1946 (Sweden)
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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"The Screen Guild Theater" aired two 30-minute radio adaptations of the movie with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman reprising their film roles. The first was broadcast on August 26, 1946, and the second on October 6, 1947. 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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Sister Mary Benedict: Did anyone ever tell you that you have a dishonest face? For a priest, I mean.
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Referenced in Barry Norman's Christmas Movie Quiz (2007) 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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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.


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