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Director:
Writers:
Crane Wilbur (written by) and
James O'Hanlon (written by)
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Release Date:
6 November 1952 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Warner Bros. present the motion picture that reaches deep inside you! See more »
Plot:
In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gilbert Roland ... Hugo da Silva
Angela Clarke ... Maria Rosa Abóbora dos Santos
Frank Silvera ... Council Administrator Arturo dos Santos
Jay Novello ... António Abóbora dos Santos

Richard Hale ... Father Ferreira
Norman Rice ... Manuel Marto
Frances Morris ... Olímpia Marto (as Francis Morris)
Carl Milletaire ... District Magistrate (as Carl Millitaire)
Susan Whitney ... Lúcia Abóbora dos Santos

Sherry Jackson ... Jacinta Marto
Sammy Ogg ... Francisco Marto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baynes Barron ... Villager (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Villager (uncredited)
Diana Christian ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Mae Clarke ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Villager (uncredited)
Edward Colebrook ... Villager (uncredited)

Anne Cornwall ... Lucia (uncredited)
Don De Leo ... Native (uncredited)
Pilar Del Rey ... Maria Dos Anges (uncredited)
Amapola Del Vando ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Bonnie Kay Eddy ... Child (uncredited)
Richard Ellsasser ... Organist (uncredited)

Nanette Fabray ... Florinda (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Paul Fierro ... Captain / Minister (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Jimmie Fox ... Villager (uncredited)
Leonard George ... Villager (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Harry Gillette ... Villager (uncredited)

Bernie Gozier ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Phyllis Graffeo ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Frank Grandetta ... Carlos (uncredited)
John Harlan ... Leote (uncredited)
Alan Harris ... Vincente (uncredited)
Jean Hartelle ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Carol Heath ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Anselmo Gago, Prisoner (uncredited)
William Kalvino ... Anselmo (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Villager (uncredited)
George Keymas ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Lou Krugman ... Minister of Police (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Sidonio (uncredited)
David Leonard ... Abbe Barreto (uncredited)
Virginia Linden ... Townswoman (uncredited)
John Logan ... Villager (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Villager (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Monsignor Formigao (uncredited)
Saul Martell ... Villager (uncredited)
Daria Massey ... Manuelita (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Villager (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Señora Carreira (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Pedro (uncredited)
Julia Montoya ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ralph Moody ... Villager / Peddler (uncredited)
Wesley Morgan ... Boy (uncredited)
Nick Moro ... Vitorio (uncredited)
Alix Nagy ... Townswoman (uncredited)
J. Carrol Naish ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Al Nalbandian ... Gomez (uncredited)
Norma Jean Nilsson ... Gloria (uncredited)
Will Orleans ... Villager (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Veronica Pataky ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Billy Perna ... Tony (uncredited)

Paul Picerni ... 'Red' Agitator (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Paul Purcell ... Villager (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Officer / Guard (uncredited)
Tony Roux ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Elena Savonarola ... Carolina (uncredited)
Carlo Schipa ... Villager (uncredited)

Vito Scotti ... Villager (uncredited)
Robert 'Buddy' Shaw ... BitRole (uncredited)
Pepi Sinoff ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Villager (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Bystander (uncredited)
Carlo Tricoli ... Villager (uncredited)
Rosa Turich ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Michael Vallon ... Villager (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Villager (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Jose (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Villager (uncredited)
Kid Wagner ... Feliciano (uncredited)
Anne Whitfield ... Theresa (uncredited)
Shirley Whitney ... Child (uncredited)
David Wold ... Domingos (uncredited)
Frances Zucco ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Brahm 
 
Writing credits
Crane Wilbur (written by) and
James O'Hanlon (written by)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Edwin B. DuPar (director of photography) (as Edwin DuPar)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
 
Art Direction by
Edward Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
G.W. Berntsen 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Josef Norin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James McMahon .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Robert Burks .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
Norman Luboff .... vocal arranger
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #15791)
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Trivia:
Soror Lucia, the last surviving Fatima real-life visionary, had seen this movie, and said that she didn't like it.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The Lady told Lucia to learn how to read and write so she could spread God's message. When the administrator took them away in his car, Lucia was able to read a signpost indicating that they were going to the next town.See more »
Quotes:
Hugo da Silva:[after witnessing the miracle] Only the fool saith "There is no God".See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Fatima (1984) (TV)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Hollywood Vision of Fatima Deeply Rooted in the 1950s, 30 May 2010
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

Although there is a considerable number of religious movies of the 1950s, this one stands out as quite unique and extraordinary due to its captivating content...

1917...the horror of WWI does not manage to spread totally with its destruction and death. Deep within the Portuguese Cova Da Iria, in the land ignored by the new corrupted masonic government (consider Alfonso Costa and the 1910 events), on May 13th a beautiful Lady from Heaven appears to three little children, Lucia (10), Francisco (9) and Jacinta (7). She asks them to come to the very place on every thirteenth day of consecutive months, asks them to offer sacrifices for human conversion and ... promises to give them a miracle. The news spread not only to nearby towns but to all Portugal. Parents fear and doubt; believers ask the children to pray; skeptics mock; Masonic mayor arrests them; yet, no one predicts that the place would become one of the most magnificent sanctuaries visited by a few pontiffs and millions of pilgrims from all over the world...

This movie was for long considered to be the most popular film about the events. However, more recently, for more than ten years, it has been compared to another film, FATIMA (1997) by Fabrizio Costa. Yet, the new version did not manage to eliminate Brahms' film from the list of best religious films; it did, however, lower its value due to quite obvious reasons. While THE MIRACLE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA has become quite clichéd, Costa's movie more convincingly addresses modern viewers thanks to a more developed interpretation of the events as well as well depicted plots. Although my intention isn't to compare the two films, I have to state clearly that there are three obvious facts that one cannot ignore about this 1950s' production.

Firstly, it is a typical Hollywood view of religion (which is not necessarily wrong but very condensed and not much thought provoking). Secondly, it is a movie made at the time when not much was yet revealed of what Fatima Apparitions are about. What I mean by this, in particular, is the Pontiff of John Paul II so closely linked to the Message of Fatima...here, naturally, nothing could be said about the Pontiff in 1952, which makes it now pretty dated a view of these highly prophetic apparitions. Thirdly, it is a typical story-like content where viewers are supplied with facts in a linear manner rather than a desirable insight into the Message: penance, sacrifice, conversion, peace. Although that view does not necessarily refer to the entire movie (there are some moments that clearly constitute exception to the highlighted factors), those absorb the viewer in majority. Nevertheless, it would be highly unjust not to see the merits of the film.

THE MIRACLE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA belongs to few of such films that nicely presents the historic characters that were part of the events. Here, let me start from the Seers of Fatima: it seems (and that is very accurate) that our attention is called upon Lucia dos Santos (Susan Whitney), who was the only child who talked with the Lady and whom Virgin Mary gave the three secrets in full (Jacinta saw and heard Mary while Francisco only saw Her but didn't hear anything). We see Lucia as a nice good hearted girl who is the oldest and... spiritually most mature (being 10 years old), who has faith but also doubts (if you read MEMOIRS written by Sister Lucy (1907-2005), you will find a lot about those doubts that she faced from May till October 1917). Jacinta and Francisco Marto are showed as if in the shadow of Lucia (pity, there is so little about their sacrifices for sinners) but the viewer gets a perfect view of their virtues at the scene with the cruel mayor of Ourem, Arturo Dos Santos (Frank Silvera). At the face of this evil man, his tricks and his arrogance, their courage, faith, confidence and goodness shine forth.

When we consider other characters, most of them are presented clearly and accurately, including Maria Rosa (Angela Clarke), Lucia's mother who had greatest doubts about the apparitions till the end of her life because of her reasonable modesty. She thought that her family was not worthy being granted such a grace. Yet, Love proves something different... I would have doubts concerning the portrayal of Antonio Dos Santos (Jay Novello), Lucia's father. According to her aforementioned MEMOIRS, her father had many friends in the village, they played cards in their free time and drank wine (which is absolutely common in the southern countries of hot climates). But being deeply religious, he wasn't an alcohol addict who would not attend Mass and plan to sell land depriving the family of means to live. Therefore, it is a serious distortion that may badly influence the view of the Dos Santos family which.

Nevertheless, the fact that this movie was made as early as the 1950s proves to us the interest in the miraculous events at Cova Da Iria which took place at the dawn of the 20th century. And it is good that it was made, that still many people in various countries see it and think about how the light of faith illumines the darkest hours of history.

But, neither much words nor action will help here. Such films are there rather to experience; they are there to change something in you. At the final scene, Sister Lucy seems to give an answer to what it means to be happy: 'Console Jesus and Mary and make sacrifices for the reparation of sins,' that is the story of the little shepherd Children, the story of their short but fruitful lives that have touched millions of people throughout the world. Isn't that the story of Love at the face of which only a fool would say that there is no God?

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