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The Miracle of the Bells (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 27 March 1948 (USA)
Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Russell Janney (novel), Ben Hecht (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Veronica Pataky ... Anna Klovna
Philip Ahn ... Ming Gow
Frank Ferguson ... Dolan
Frank Wilcox ... Dr. Jennings
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Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public interest, and to get the reluctant studio head to release the film, he asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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Drama

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bill Dunnigan: It's a shame. A house like this. I think your church needs a press agent Father.
Father Paul: God doesn't need a press agent.
Bill Dunnigan: I'm not so sure, once upon a time if I remember rightly, he had 12 very good press agents. Top men.
Father Paul: My my, I never thought of the apostles as press agents.
Bill Dunnigan: Well, what else were they? They sold the biggest story that ever happened to the whole world and without the benefit of newspapers and radio. Terrific job.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are listed in the pages of a book with a front cover 'Russell Janney's The Miracle of the Bells'. See more »

Connections

Featured in From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Ever Homeward
by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Adapted From an old Polish Folk Song
Sung a cappella by Frank Sinatra (uncredited) in English
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Sweetly well-meaning movie
25 August 2002 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

What a sweet and well-meaning movie this is. It's about love and respect for family and background and wanting to make a lasting mark on the shifting sands of our world.

The movie is not perfect, of course, it could have been shorter and not suffered much for it. The points seem belabored during the last half hour. Fred MacMurray saying "baby" all the time to Olga, the female lead was a little off-putting. Not so much for the word itself, it just seemed un-natural to hear him say it.

All that said, I will reiterate that this is a sweet movie. There is a great Christmas scene that will forever make me think of this as a "Christmas Movie". Philip Ahn as the Chinese retaurateur was a beam of light and gentleness in this movie. His role was a stand-out.

Frank Sinatra was to have better roles in later years and his acting technique would develop. He is slightly lost in the role here. But that is no big sleight in this movie.

Recommended. Religious but not preachy, sweet but not sickly sweet. A nice movie for cold Christmas eves.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Russell Janney's The Miracle of the Bells See more »

Filming Locations:

Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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