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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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Storyline

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Jesse L. Lasky sought approval from the Catholic Church of Frank Sinatra before casting him as Father Paul. The church had no objections. 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 »

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 »

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

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
(Played on a juke box at Ming Gow's restaurant on Christmas Eve)
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Quite good,highly recommended!
13 September 2002 | by shellySee all my reviews

Considered a box office dud and much maligned over the years, this is quite an entertaining film about the movies, religion, love and lots of other things! The entire cast is superb, even Sinatra in a very sweet role as a priest. I wonder why Valli didn't become a bigger star! Maybe she was too similar to Ingrid Bergman with not quite enough charisma. She's quite good in this and it's a far cry from her work in Dario Argento's Suspiria! All in all, a fine film!


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