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The Miracle of the Bells (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 27 March 1948 (USA)
Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public ... See full summary »

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Bill Dunnigan (as Fred Mac Murray in opening credits)
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Olga (as Valli)
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Father Paul
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Marcus Harris (as Lee Cobb in closing credits)
Harold Vermilyea ...
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Charles Meredith ...
Father Spinsky
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Tod Jones (as Jim Nolan)
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Anna Klovna
Philip Ahn ...
Ming Gow
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Dolan
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Dr. Jennings
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Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public interest, and to get the reluctant studio head to release the film, he asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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Russell Janney's The Miracle of the Bells  »

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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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In the street scene toward the end of the movie, there are shadows of those walking in the foreground and no shadows of those in the distance. Obviously created by scene lighting, and not natural sunlight. See more »

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Opening credits are listed in the pages of a book with a front cover 'Russell Janney's The Miracle of the Bells'. See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
(Played on a juke box at Ming Gow's restaurant on Christmas Eve)
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The Bells Ring for the Cast
8 November 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"The Miracle of the Bells" is a gem of a movie. It is Fred MacMurray's best role and best movie. He plays a burned-out publicist, who helps an aspiring actress attain (Alida Valli) a movie role, watches her die, then travels with her body to her hometown. He covers all the emotions in this movie: toughness, worldliness, anger, kindness, love, contempt, and deceit.

This is Ms. Valli's second best role and movie. The first was "The Third Man". Frank Sinatra plays the priest and this is his first dramatic part. He is very good in the role. He even sings a little.

It is a lovely movie about dreams and miracles.


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