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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.

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Henry Koster

Writers:

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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 24, 1952 with Loretta Young again reprising her film role. 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

Monsignor Talbot: Excellency, it is that irresistible force.
The Bishop: Against which, quite obviously, there is no defense. There hasn't been for nearly 2,000 years.
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Soundtracks

Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
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Clare's Catholic Valentine
6 August 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

During the late 1940s Clare Booth Luce, wife of Henry Luce of the Luce Publications, noted playwright, Republican Congresswoman had a celebrated conversion to Catholicism courtesy of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. There's nothing like the zeal of the newly converted so this screenplay was written to show how God does move in mysterious ways for the believers.

What's hard to believe is that the same author of The Women actually wrote Come to the Stable. But it's true and Luce is a skilled writer and she fashioned a very easy to take tale of two nuns over from France trying to build a children's hospital in memory of the kids they couldn't save in World War II.

The two nuns are played by Loretta Young and Celeste Holm. There was no doubt that Young would be one of the three leads. Loretta Young, Irene Dunne and Rosalind Russell were three of the leading female Catholic lay people in the country at that time. I'm sure all were approached with this film.

Young and Holm were both recent Oscar winners, for The Farmer's Daughter and Gentlemen's Agreement and both were nominated for Best Actress here. Both lost the big sweepstakes to Olivia DeHavilland who was also a recent winner for To Each His Own. Strange are the ways of the Academy voters. Elsa Lanchester was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the religious artist who offers the nuns shelter and lodging during their quest. Lanchester is her usual charming, but off the wall self in her part.

In today's audience some may find all the happy coincidences a bit much. But then again that is precisely the point of the film, that God will help those who help themselves.

One other thing. Some very rough and irreligious people contribute to the sister's endeavor and I think the message there is that on occasion, man can rise above just looking out for himself and think of the human race at large.


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