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Release Date:
27 March 1948 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred MacMurray ... Bill Dunnigan

Alida Valli ... Olga (as Valli)

Frank Sinatra ... Father Paul

Lee J. Cobb ... Marcus Harris (as Lee Cobb)
Harold Vermilyea ... Orloff
Charles Meredith ... Father Spinsky

James Nolan ... Tod Jones (as Jim Nolan)
Veronica Pataky ... Anna Klovna
Philip Ahn ... Ming Gow

Frank Ferguson ... Dolan

Frank Wilcox ... Dr. Jennings
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Bacon ... Soldier in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sam Bagley ... Crew Member (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Man (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Drunken Man (uncredited)
Sedal Bennett ... Woman (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Slenka (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Crew Member (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Crew Member (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Worshipper (uncredited)
George Cathrey ... Reporter (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Max (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Bill Clauson ... Bellringer's Son (uncredited)
Lillian Clayes ... Woman (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ... Parishioner Witnessing Miracle (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Soldier in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Soldier in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Man (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ned Davenport ... Priest in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Bob Briggs (uncredited)
Pat Davis ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Ted Deputy ... Man (uncredited)

James Dime ... Miner (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Man (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Miner (uncredited)

Herbert Evans ... Nobleman in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Man (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Assistant Director (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Man (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Woman (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Radio Listerner (uncredited)
Maxwell Hamilton ... Ray Tanner (uncredited)
Mary Henderson ... Woman (uncredited)
Clarence Hennecke ... Man (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Actor in Movie (uncredited)
Maude Hume ... Woman (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Druggist (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Miner (uncredited)
Maxine Johnston ... Drunken Woman (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Man (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Paul Lacy ... Man (uncredited)
Bertha Ledbetter ... Woman (uncredited)
Jack Lindquist ... Boy (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Man (uncredited)
Duncan MacDonell ... Soldier in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Miner (uncredited)
Richard Mickelson ... Bellringer's Son (uncredited)

Robert Milasch ... Radio Listerner (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Priest in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Miner (uncredited)

Dorothy Neumann ... Miss Millhouser (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Radio Listener (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Woman (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Radio Listener (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Man (uncredited)
David Perry ... Miner (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Bellringer (uncredited)

James Pierce ... Soldier in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Man (uncredited)
Alonzo Price ... Miner in Bar (uncredited)
Michael Raffetto ... Harold Tanby, Harris' Assistant (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Woman (uncredited)
Marvin Reno ... Miner (uncredited)
Quentin Reynolds ... Quentin Reynolds (voice) (uncredited)
Thayer Roberts ... Earl of Warwick in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Miner (uncredited)
Walter Rode ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Cauchon in 'Joan of Arc' (uncredited)
Mike Sandler ... Reporter (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Freddy Evans, the Pianist (uncredited)
Marie Scheue ... Woman (uncredited)

Dorothy Sebastian ... Miss Katie Orwin (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Phil Solomon ... Man (uncredited)

Jean Spangler ... Extra in Church (uncredited)
Ralph Stein ... Miner (uncredited)
Tom Stevenson ... Milton Wild (uncredited)

Jack Stoney ... Miner (uncredited)
Beth Taylor ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Lyle Tayo ... Woman (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Koslick, a Miner (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Miner (uncredited)
Bob Thom ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Toone ... Man (uncredited)
Sid Troy ... Crew Member (uncredited)
William Van Vleck ... Man (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Mr. Kummer (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Bill Wallace ... Reporter (uncredited)
Regina Wallace ... Martha (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Tommy Elmore (uncredited)
Mel Wixon ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Grave Digger (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Pichel 
Writing credits
Russell Janney (novel)

Ben Hecht (screen play) and
Quentin Reynolds (screen play)

DeWitt Bodeen  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Jesse Lasky Jr. .... producer (as Jesse L. Lasky)
Walter MacEwen .... producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (director of photography) (as Robert de Grasse)
Film Editing by
Elmo Williams 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Karl Herlinger .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Annabell Levy .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred Fleck .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound (as Philip N. Mitchell)
Clem Portman .... sound
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Clifford Stine .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
Rod Tolmie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Wildman .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renié .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
David O. Selznick .... actor arrangement: Valli
Julia Marcia Davies .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Joan Davis .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter (uncredited)
Charles O'Curran .... dance director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Russell Janney's The Miracle of the Bells" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (1949) | Spain:7 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (2006) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12607)

Did You Know?

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 »
Miscellaneous: 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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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The Bells Ring for the Cast, 8 November 2003
Author: smithy-8 from New Jersey

"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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