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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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Genres:

Drama

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rainbow Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The third of three films in three successive years that were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for Ingrid Bergman as well as Best Picture and Best Actor. The other two are: For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) and Gaslight (1944). Ingrid Bergman won Best Actress for Gaslight. See more »

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Fr. O'Malley tells two nuns he grew up and went to school in Missouri. In "Going My Way" it was established he went to high school in East St. Louis, IL. See more »

Quotes

Sister Mary Benedict: Did anyone ever tell you that you have a dishonest face? For a priest, I mean.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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In the Land of Beginning Again
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Old-Fashioned (Which Means Pretty Good)
6 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a just a plain, nice story, one of those kind I tend favor simply they don't have any "bad guys" in them and still keep the story interesting.

I expected Ingrid Bergman's character, "Sister Mary," from what the liners notes on the video box said, to be a sort-of villain portraying a hard-line rigid nun but that wasn't the case at all. In fact, in her several philosophical disputes the priest "Father Chuck O'Malley" (Bing Crosby) I sided with her because Crosby was a little too liberal regarding punishment. (He never wanted to scold or punish any misbehaving kid., for example. No discipline is not a good idea, as parents know.)

The story is a little unrealistic in that a strong-willed business tycoon would not abandon all his business plans and hand over a brand-new million-dollar (today it would be many millions) building to a church. However, it's nice to see! These kind of old-fashioned films are almost collector's items today but they are pleasant to watch and pretty good entertainment.


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