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

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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
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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>

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Laughs To Make Your Heart Ring Out With Joy !

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...und der Himmel lacht dazu See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of the music critic Al Newman, played by Louis Jean Heydt, is named after Alfred Newman, long the head of 20th Century-Fox's music department, who also co-wrote the song "Through a Long and Sleepless Night" for this film. 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

Robert Masen: Sister, I know it's a worthy thing. I'm all for it. I'm for a lot of worthy things. Orphan asylums, insane asylums, old people's homes, sanitariums. But I'm just like everybody else. I don't want them right under my nose. And I'm honest enough to say so.
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Soundtracks

Through a Long and Sleepless Night
Music by Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Dorothy Patrick (dubbed by Eileen Wilson) (uncredited) and by Hugh Marlowe (dubbed by Ken Darby) (uncredited)
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When nuns wore habits - and makeup!
22 April 2005 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

I saw this charming, slickly produced film as a young parochial grammar school kid at a theater in downtown Boston (near where my family lived at the time) and remember being tremendously amused at the scene where the two sisters, played by Loretta and Celeste (saddled with having to approximate a French accent), blithely tore up a parking ticket, placed on the windshield of their borrowed open WW II-era Jeep, thinking it was just an advertisement. Sister Celeste tosses the pieces into the air as they drive off from in front of New York's St. Patrick Cathedral where they'd illegally parked. (I doubt that she felt obliged to confess that little venial sin, do you?) There's a lot more to be amused and entertained by, of course, and the behind-the-camera artisans, as well as the well-chosen actors, especially Hugh Marlowe and Elsa Lanchester as well as Misses Young and Holm, all contributed some very professional work. Henry Koster, the director, was an old hand at keeping a project such as this from slipping entirely into a bath of over-the-top sentimentality.

So much has changed since those somewhat more innocent times and a gentle story such as this, with two ladies encased in those heavy, enveloping habits (with only their perfectly made-up faces visible to the world, by the way), is almost inconceivable today. See it and be transported back to a time when goodness, sincerity, and religious beliefs that don't descend into fanaticism were the order of the day, at least in Hollywood movies aimed at the family trade.

One interesting little tidbit: in one scene Hugh Marlowe's character (a song writer) sings the Academy Award-nominated song, "Through a Long and Sleepless Night" (which didn't win - and you'll hear why), and his singing voice was dubbed by Ken Darby, who was chiefly responsible for directing most of the choral work in many of Twentieth's films for many years. I have a suspicion that Mr. Darby probably rejected quite a few male candidates who wanted to join the Fox studio's choir if they didn't sound any better than he did!


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