7.3/10
965
20 user 10 critic

Come to the Stable (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | September 1949 (USA)
Two nuns arrive unannounced in the small New England town of Bethlehem, where they recruit various townspeople to help them build a children's hospital.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Oscar Millard (screenplay), Sally Benson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In order to afford her daughter's college tuition, a woman enrolls herself at the same school aided by a rare large bursary but they both fall in-love with the same cute English professor.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Loretta Young, Van Johnson, Rudy Vallee
Pinky (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A light-skinned black woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Directors: Elia Kazan, John Ford
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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
Stars: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

With her husband away to fight in World War II, a housewife struggles to care for their two daughters - and a pair of lodgers who have moved in - alone.

Directors: John Cromwell, Edward F. Cline, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Australia's Outback during the early twentieth century, the impoverished Carmody family lives a nomadic life out of their wagon, but the mom and son want to settle, while the dad is against it.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In order to avoid a prearranged marriage, a rebellious French princess sheds her identity and escapes to colonial New Orleans, where she finds an unlikely true love.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Sister Margaret
Celeste Holm ... Sister Scholastica
Hugh Marlowe ... Robert 'Bob' Mason
Elsa Lanchester ... Amelia Potts
Thomas Gomez ... Luigi Rossi
Dorothy Patrick ... Kitty Blaine
Basil Ruysdael ... The Bishop
Dooley Wilson ... Anthony James
Regis Toomey ... Monsignor Talbot
Mike Mazurki ... Sam
Edit

Storyline

Two nuns from a French convent arrive in a small Connecticut town with a plan to build a children's hospital. They enlist the help of several colorful characters in achieving their dream including a struggling artist, a popular songwriter, and a renowned racketeer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

coffee | bell | artist | hill | snow | See All (72) »

Taglines:

Laughs To Make Your Heart Ring Out With Joy !

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...und der Himmel lacht dazu See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 3, 1950 with Loretta Young and Hugh Marlowe reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

With snow on the ground, when sisters appear at the hill at 6:30 AM on which they wish to build their children's hospital, and at various times at the song-writer's home, it is light, rather than dark at that hour as it would be in winter. See more »

Quotes

Amelia Potts: For the first time in my life, I know how it feels to be poor.
Sister Margaret: Poor? Oh, my dear Miss Potts, you're a rich woman. You're rich in kindness and greatness of heart... and faith.
See more »

Connections

Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

My Bolero
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Kennedy & Nat Simon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent Performances, Nice Story
5 April 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Come to the Stable (1949)

*** (out of 4)

Excellent performances and a touching story highlight this comedy/drama about a pair of nuns (Loretta Young, Celeste Holm) who travel from France to New England where they plan on building a children's hospital. Without any type of funds, the nuns try to gather enough money for their dream to come true but they're going to have to depend on some characters who aren't all that thrilled about the hospital. This film was nominated for seven Oscars but it seems to have been forgotten, which is a real shame because this is a pretty touching little gem that works on many levels. What really stands out are the terrific performances with Young and Holm both turning in strong work. There wasn't a single second that I ever looked at their characters and saw actors because the two were so good that you'll have no trouble believing that they are nuns. They're surrounding by some fine actors including Hugh Marlowe as a neighbor who doesn't want to church built. Elsa Lancaster plays an elderly, lonely woman who first takes the nuns in and Thomas Gomez is terrific as a gambler who owns the property where the sisters are wanting to build the hospital. The movie tries walking a fine line between laughs and drama and for the most part it works. I think there are a few bits that push too hard for comedy and you'll see one such scene early one when the "joke" about the nuns driving too fast is played to the extreme. The main reason this movie works is due to its more dramatic and religious moments. The film is never preachy nor does it try to convert people; instead it just makes you feel good. The sequence where the nuns go to the gambler to try and get him to give away the land ends is a very dramatic sequence that I won't ruin but it's incredibly touching. Another terrific scene is when the nuns try to get the local Bishop to buy into their ideas even though it seems impossible that they'll be able to pull them off. Apparently this drama was so successful when first released that a sequel was planned but never produced. It's easy to see why this movie would bring a crowd in but it deserves to be better known today.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed