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



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Complete credited cast:
Sister Michael
Mary Gallagher - Patsy's mother
Dr. McKay
Richard Tyler ...
Eddie Breen (as Dickie Tyler)


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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Release Date:

21 February 1946 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office


$21,300,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bing Crosby's performance as Father O'Malley earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, the first time a person received a nomination for playing the same character in two different films (he had been nominated - and won - for Going My Way (1944) the previous year). See more »


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 »


Father Chuck O'Malley: Does she know about this.
Dr. McKay: Oh, not yet. It's very important that she doesn't know it. She has a wonderful vitality, a natural optimism, and that's the best medicine anyone can have. If that spirit is dampened, it would... it would have a depressing effect and delay her recovery.
Father Chuck O'Malley: She'll have to know about it. We... we can't just send her away without...
Dr. McKay: Don't you people, uh, more or less, uh, go where you're told without question?
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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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