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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Bill Dunnigan
... Olga (as Valli)
... Father Paul
... Marcus Harris (as Lee Cobb)
... Orloff
... Father Spinsky
... Tod Jones (as Jim Nolan)
Veronica Pataky ... Anna Klovna
... Ming Gow
... Dolan
... 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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Russell Janney's The Miracle of the Bells  »

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Rumor had it that Ben Hecht took the screenplay assignment on condition he didn't have to read the book. Quentin Reynolds, who is credited onscreen as screenwriter, supposedly read the book and reported its contents to Hecht. See more »

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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 »

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

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References Joan of Arc (1948) See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
(Played on a juke box at Ming Gow's restaurant on Christmas Eve)
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Fred MacMurray leading man, does it again...
9 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Looking back to favorite movies, I never realized what a fan I was of Fred MacMurray. This is another film of his I liked alot. Comedy, action, or drama, Fred gets the job done.

It gets 'laid on' pretty thick in this drama, schmaultzy comes to mind, but it's one to see. There were a string of 'miracle' movies made around this time, but 'Miracle of the Bells' lets you decide for yourself about this miracle, and there is more than just the obvious one.

You will get to see a movie in a movie, the reformation of MacMurray's publicist character, and even Frank Sinatra as a priest. I can think of worse ways to spend a lazy afternoon. See it if you can....


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