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The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Unrated | | Drama | 21 February 1946 (Sweden)
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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.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Leo McCarey (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Richard Tyler ... Eddie Breen (as Dickie Tyler)
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Breen
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Storyline

Father O'Malley, the unconventional priest from 'Going My Way', continues his work for the Catholic Church. This time he is sent to St. Mary's, a run-down parochial school on the verge of condemnation. He and Sister Benedict work together in an attempt to save the school, though their differing methods often lead to good-natured disagreements. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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Your heart will be wearing a smile! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Leo McCarey's The Bells of St. Mary's See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,300,000
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Production Co:

Rainbow Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The most profitable film in the history of RKO Pictures. See more »

Goofs

When Sister Benedict is starting to erase her drawn portrait on the blackboard when Father O'Malley walks in, she barely erases any of the portrait, but in the next scene most of the portrait is already erased. See more »

Quotes

Sister Mary Benedict: If we don't fail sometimes, our successes won't mean anything. You must have courage. Don't give up.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Pomp and Circumstance
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Written by Edward Elgar
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Clarification of another's comment
29 October 2004 | by tms1983See all my reviews

A previous poster on July 9, 2004 states how she is disgusted that the pledge as recited by the school children in this film omits the line "under God." Please allow me to clarify. This film was made in 1945, and the phrase "under God" was not inserted into the pledge until the mid 1950s under the Eisenhower administration. This was done so as an anti-communist move. It was NOT originally part of the pledge. The producers of this film were by no means trying to be politically correct by not using it, nor was it ever edited out. The phrase simply did not exist in the pledge in 1945. Having been raised Catholic, I too noticed it right away the first time I saw this film, but a little research on my part quickly put that issue to rest.

And, like her, I also notice the grayed out bar at the bottom of the screen during the main title. Looks like something that was digitally superimposed over the film. (The same gray bar also appears at the end of the theatrical trailer.) I assume it's there to cover up a piece of the copyright, but what part and why? Who knows.


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