Come to the Stable

Come to the Stable

Director: Henry Koster

Cast: Henry Koster, Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Elsa Lanchester

     
 

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A Christmastime TV perennial, Come to the Stable is the gentle saga of two French nuns (Celeste Holm with accent, Loretta Young without) who come to America in hopes of raising funds for a children's hospital. Travelling to a small New England town presciently named Bethlehem, the nuns befriend eccentric painter Elsa Lanchester, who allows them to use herSee more details below

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A Christmastime TV perennial, Come to the Stable is the gentle saga of two French nuns (Celeste Holm with accent, Loretta Young without) who come to America in hopes of raising funds for a children's hospital. Travelling to a small New England town presciently named Bethlehem, the nuns befriend eccentric painter Elsa Lanchester, who allows them to use her studio (actually a stable) for their base of operations. Utterly ingenuous when it comes to American mores and customs (they tear up a parking ticket, assuming it to be an advertisement), the sisters raise money in a variety of amusing fashions. One of their "agents" is outwardly tough gambler Thomas Gomez, who gives them the land they need and a cash contribution, to the astonishment of his equally raffish pals (who also kick in). And towards the end, the nuns even play a little professional tennis to raise money. Careful not to overwhelm the viewer with sentiment and religiosity, Come to the Stable (based on a story by Clare Booth Luce) is ideal holiday film fare.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Some may find Come to the Stable a bit too sentimental, but it's also hard to resist. T here's such an undercurrent of warmth and commitment in Stable that most viewers are willing to revel in its rose-colored view of the events that it chronicles. And why not? Stable doesn't pretend to be about reality; it's about faith, and while superficially that faith is identified as being of a particularly Catholic variety, the ultimate message of the film is that deep and abiding faith of any kind is a treasure that can create miracles (however one chooses to define them). Is that a message that everyone will accept as true? Absolutely not. But it's one that almost everyone WANTS to believe is true, and so Stable is a marvelous wish-fulfillment picture that should delight just about everyone. True, Henry Koster's direction does get a bit heavy-handed now and then, and the "fish out of water" aspects of Stable are occasionally pushed a bit too much, but these are relatively minor quibbles. Stable is fortunate to have Loretta Young and Celeste Holm as the leading nuns. Young is simply radiant, as was often her custom, and Holm] is a delightful balance to her. Throw in the amusingly eccentric Elsa Lanchester and a well-done turn from Thomas Gomez and the result is a festive and charming film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0024543848738
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
6,719

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Young Sister Margaret
Celeste Holm Sister Scholastica
Elsa Lanchester Miss Potts
Thomas Gomez Luigi Rossi
Dorothy Patrick Kitty
Basil Ruysdael Bishop
Dooley Wilson Anthony James
Regis Toomey Monsignor
Mike Mazurki Heavy Man
Henri Letondal Father Barraud
Walter S. Baldwin Jarman
Tim Huntley Mr. Thompson
Louis Jean Heydt Mr. Newman
Pati Behrs nun
Nan Boardman nun
Loulette Sablon Nun
Ian MacDonald Mr. Matthews
Jean Prescott Mrs. Matthews
Gary Pagett Johnnie
Nolan Leary Station Master
Wally Brown Sheldon
Dan Jackson George
Edwin Max Whitey
Russ Clark Policeman
Marion Martin Manicurist
Robert Foulk Policeman
Virginia Kelly Mrs. Thompson
Hugh Marlowe Robert Mason
Gordon Geberl Willie

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Sally Benson Screenwriter
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Mack Gordon Songwriter
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Oscar Millard Screenwriter
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Songwriter
Ben Nye Makeup
William H. Reynolds Editor
Fred Sersen Special Effects

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