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The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

Passed | | Drama, War | 15 December 1944 (USA)
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A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay), Nunnally Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Father Francis Chisholm
Thomas Mitchell ... Willie Tulloch
Vincent Price ... Angus Mealey
Rose Stradner ... Rev. Mother Maria-Veronica (as Rosa Stradner)
Roddy McDowall ... Francis Chisholm - as a Boy
Edmund Gwenn ... Father Hamish MacNabb
Cedric Hardwicke ... Monsignor at Tweedside (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Peggy Ann Garner ... Nora - as a Girl
Jane Ball ... Nora - as an Adult
James Gleason ... Rev. Dr. Wilbur Fiske
Anne Revere ... Agnes Fiske
Ruth Nelson ... Mrs. Chisholm - Francis' Mother
Benson Fong ... Joseph
Leonard Strong ... Mr. Chia
Philip Ahn ... Mr. Pao - Envoy for Mr. Chia
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Storyline

A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a priest in a more Christian area of the world, Father Chisholm struggles. He encounters hostility, isolation, disease, poverty and a variety of set backs which humble him, but make him more determined than ever to succeed. Over the span of many years he gains acceptance and a growing congregation among the Chinese, through his quiet determination, understanding and patience. Written by E.W. DesMarais <Jlongst@aol.com>

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Taglines:

THE PICTURE THAT TOUCHES NEW HEIGHTS OF EMOTION ( print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - March 4, 1945 - all caps)

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Drama | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The only Oscar nominated performance by Gregory Peck in a non-Best Picture nominated film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Father Francis Chisholm (Gregory Peck) is leaving his mission in China after being ordered into retirement, the children are heard singing his favorite hymn as he steps from the car, but when the camera shows the children singing, it is obvious that they are mouthing something entirely different from what is being heard. See more »

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[first lines]
Title card: On a September evening in 1938, Father Francis Chisholm returned to his little church near Tweedside, Scotland.
Father Francis Chisholm: Good afternoon, Monsignor.
Monsignor: Good afternoon, Father.
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Referenced in Bandstand: Episode dated 15 May 1965 (1965) See more »

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A tremendous job by Gregory Peck
7 December 2002 | by fritzgraySee all my reviews

I've always loved this movie. My mother introduced me to it and its remained one of my favorites over the years. I find the character of Father Chisholm to be my ideal of what a priest should be. Kind, loving, humble and unpretentious. I don't think Peck ever surpassed himself. He is tremendous in the part. Ably written and directed, I think it is a superb film


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

15 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Keys of the Kingdom See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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