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

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$21,300,000 (USA)
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Many of the original theatrical posters and lobby cards portrayed Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman in non-clerical garb. See more »

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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 »

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Bobby - Boy Playing Joseph: This is Mary and I'm Joseph and we're going to Bethlehem to see if we can have someplace... find someplace to stay, and that's all you have to know, really.
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Wonderful kindness and gentleness
26 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What has always attracted me to the oldest films starring Bing Crosby as a priest has been the ability he had to transfer to the viewer a tremendous warmth and tenderness. Certainly, his lines were written, but they were more than mere lines, for he embodied the attitude and intent of them so noticeably that it is hard not to end such a film without wanting to emulate such a man.

From his son, Gary, from his book "Going My Own Way," one can read a different story of his father. He claimed that Bing was cruel, cold, remote, and both physically and psychologically abusive -- such hard words to take in when one can be so deeply moved by his performances, especially as a priest.

His son, Philip, disputed his brother's claims, writing, " I loved him very much. He loved all of us too, including Gary. He was a great father." It is Philip's words I prefer to believe, for no man could give as much as his father did on the screen and it not come from his soul.

Ingrid Bergman's face in TBOSM was very beautiful, as though she came from heaven herself. Truly, she was one of the most gorgeous women that ever graced yesterday's films, and she too portrayed remarkably well the gentleness and kindness we envision God to be.

Watch this film and be blessed.


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