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Dudley Nichols (screenplay)
Leo McCarey (story)
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Release Date:
21 February 1946 (Sweden) See more »
The Whole World's in Tune . . . with Bing and Bergman together at their most brilliant best ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Pleasant, Upbeat Movie With a Pretty Good Cast See more (51 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Father Chuck O'Malley

Ingrid Bergman ... Sister Mary Benedict

Henry Travers ... Horace P. Bogardus

William Gargan ... Joe Gallagher - Patsy's father

Ruth Donnelly ... Sister Michael

Joan Carroll ... Patricia 'Patsy' Gallagher

Martha Sleeper ... Mary Gallagher - Patsy's mother

Rhys Williams ... Dr. McKay
Richard Tyler ... Eddie Breen (as Dickie Tyler)

Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Breen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Coch Jr. ... Baby Jesus (uncredited)
Aina Constant ... Nun (uncredited)
Jimmy Crane ... Luther (uncredited)
Gwen Crawford ... Nun (uncredited)
Bobby Dolan Jr. ... Bobby - Boy Playing Joseph (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Bobby Frasco ... Tommy Smith (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Sporting Goods Salesman (uncredited)
Peggy McKim ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Georgie Nokes ... (uncredited)

Eva Novak ... Nun (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Workman (uncredited)

Dewey Robinson ... Pedestrian Pulling Bogardus from Under Truck (uncredited)
Cora Shannon ... Elderly Woman (uncredited)

John Smith ... Choir Member (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ... Blind Man (uncredited)

Minerva Urecal ... Landlady (uncredited)
Edna May Wonacott ... Delphine Ford (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screenplay)

Leo McCarey (story)

Produced by
Leo McCarey .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan (music score)
Cinematography by
George Barnes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Art Direction by
William Flannery 
Albert S. D'Agostino (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Scott .... assistant director
Sound Department
James G. Stewart .... sound
Richard Van Hessen .... sound
Stephen Dunn .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Music Department
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Other crew
David O. Selznick .... Miss Bergman appears by arrangement with
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Leo McCarey's The Bells of St. Mary's" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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126 min | Germany:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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There is a gray bar at the bottom of the screen on the title card at the start of the movie: it is meant to cover something, but nobody knows what it is covering.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Fr. O'Malley tells two nuns he grew up and went to school in Missouri. In "Going My Way" it was established he went to high school in East St. Louis, IL.See more »
Father Chuck O'Malley:And if you ever need anything, no matter what it is or wherever you happen to be...
Sister Mary Benedict:Yes, I know. I just dial O for O'Malley.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant, Upbeat Movie With a Pretty Good Cast, 4 November 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

As the companion piece to "Going My Way", "The Bells of St. Mary's" shares the same pleasant, upbeat tone, and it has a similar story that, though stylized, has some worthwhile and thoughtful material. Besides Bing Crosby, the cast here features Ingrid Bergman and several solid supporting players such as Henry Travers and Rhys Williams.

As Sister Benedict, Father O'Malley's foil here, Bergman gives this movie its own feel, with themes somewhat different from those in O'Malley's debates with Barry Fitzgerald's character in "Going My Way". Everyone has their own preference between the two movies, but as fine an actress as Bergman is, it's really hard to match - much less top - the dimension that Fitzgerald added in the other film.

Probably each of the two Father O'Malley movies should just be enjoyed for its own merits. While the story here is hardly anything weighty, "The Bells of St. Mary's" offers good entertainment and some worthwhile, positive thoughts.

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